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					                  Health Inc.
                                                                                        Dr Tanith Davidson
                                                                             Body Language, Lumley House
                                                                         177 Jan Smuts Ave, Parktown North

                                                    WHY WATER?
Approximately 60-80% of the population is dehydrated! And this is not because we’re not drinking enough fluid, but
just not enough of the right fluid – water. Instead we drink too much coffee, tea, and sodas containing caffeine, which
prompts the body to lose water.

Our body is 70% water and our brain is up to 85% water. By the time you start feeling thirsty, you’ve already lost
approximately 2% of your body fluid equating to a staggering 20% reduction in your ability to perform, both physically
and mentally.

Water is necessary for the very survival of human beings, as it ensures the smooth functioning of body systems and
one of the most immediate benefits of drinking water therefore is maintaining peak performance.
Water is used in the blood to transport nutrients, oxygen and glucose to all parts of the body. Water carries waste to
the kidneys for elimination and is useful in preventing urinary tract infections. Water keeps the digestive system in
order and prevents constipation. Hot lemon water works wonders in weight loss programs. Water is a joint lubricant
and cushion for organs. It lowers body temperature through perspiration. Water improves skin texture and is also
researched to keep your heart healthy.

Effects of Dehydration
        Fatigue
        Dizziness and headaches
        Dry Skin
        Aches and pains
        Poor Concentration

How Much Water Should You Drink?
The optimum amount of water one should drink in one day is one and a half litres. To get the full benefits, one needs
to maintain a steady intake throughout the day.

Tips for Drinking Water
   You are naturally thirsty in the morning. Help your body flush out the toxins it has been processing all night and
    by drinking a glass of water first thing.
   If you are cold drink warm water instead of dehydrating coffee & tea.
   Don't wait until you're thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.
   Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and if necessary set a timer to remind yourself to drink.
   If you drink coffee, tea, or sodas with caffeine, you'll need to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the
    water that these diuretic beverages "leech" from your system.
   Add a slice of lemon or orange to your water or a sprig of mint for added flavour.

Benefits of Water Filters
1. Water filters provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water by removing chlorine and bacterial
    contaminants.
2. Water filters remove lead from drinking water immediately prior to consumption, thus preventing this harmful
    substance from entering the body.
3. Water filters provide a source of clean, healthy water that costs much less than bottled water.
4. Water filters greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and
    chlorine by-products from drinking water.
5. A solid block carbon water filter can selectively remove dangerous contaminants from drinking water while
    retaining healthy mineral deposits that balance the pH of drinking water.
6. Drinking clean, filtered water protects the body from disease and leads to overall greater health.
7. A water filter provides clean, healthy water for cooking, as well as drinking, at the convenience of tap water.
8. Water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent by removing cryptosporidium
    and giardia from drinking water.
9. Drinking pure water is especially important for children. Water filters provide the healthiest water for children’s
    developing immune systems.
10. Water filters offer the last line of defence between the body and the over 2100 known toxins that may be present
    in drinking water.


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