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April 14, 2006

Want to loose some weight and a few of those aches and pains while you’re at it? Well, it could be as simple as drinking a little more water.

Our bodies are made up of about 70% water. And water is responsible for – and/or involved in nearly every single bodily function including… digestion… excretion… circulation and absorption.

Right now, scores of people are walking around with nagging injuries that could be put to rest by something as simple as drinking a little more water. If you have headaches try drinking water…shoulder problems drink more water, it just might help.

Not to mention, thirst often masquerades as hunger – so if you’re a little round around the old gut you need to make sure you’re getting enough. It’s your body most important nutrient!

If your fresh water intake isn’t sufficient your body will retain what it has. And that leads to a build up of toxins. It’s the job of your kidneys is to flush out these toxins -- and one of the jobs of the liver is to convert stored fat to energy. But when the kidneys can’t function properly due to lack of water, the liver takes up the slack lowering its own productivity.

Water also lubricates the joints. Recently a friend of mine who plays tennis was complaining about shoulder pain so severe he had to quit the game. When I asked him about his water intake it was just as I thought…about a glass a day.

The majority of his fluid intake was coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages. I suggested he try a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses a day -- and guess what? A month later the pain was gone!

Water is critical for everyone from athletes to folks with arthritis. The single most important thing to remember while exercising is to stay hydrated. Not to mention water will not only improve your endurance, but also your recovery time.

So if you’re looking to improve your game… shed some unwanted pounds…lose the aches and pains…or just improve your quality of life in general…

Try drinking eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every single day. Just make sure you’re spreading it out over your entire waking day. Your body can only process about 8 oz. per hour.

If you train hard or you live in a hot or humid climate you might want to increase that to 10 glasses.

And remember…you don’t have to wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking. Drink before you start exercising and at least every fifteen minutes after that so you stay hydrated the entire time.

I drink no less than a gallon of purified water each day. At least half of that is cold – the cold water seems to improve my endurance and recovery. But warm water will work just fine.

And if you buy the bottled water make sure you read the label – some bottlers add additional additives like sodium to their water. Avoid those like the plague!

Give water a chance and watch it improve your life.

Stay healthy,

Doc Darville

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