That’s Thai for water btw. 🙂
So 2 of my 4 devoted readers have asked for me to expand on the topic of water. I was all gung-ho about it when I made the offer, but now I am not so sure as to what I should write down. There was just so much information that all tied back to water that I don’t want to go into all of the details and bore you and me to death. A lot of it is very intricate and not easy to go into in such a short amount of time. I know this all sounds like a bunch of excuses, and you would be right, it is. lol But nevertheless, I will attempt to do my best to describe just a couple of the benefits of water in layman’s terms.
A large portion of our food is or should be broken down in our mouth. The salivary contents created by your salivary glands helps that food get broken down and get sent down for further processing. The major component in the salivary contents is water. As soon as you see food, the message is sent to the brain and your mouth starts to “water”/salivate in preparation for that food. The job of saliva is to wet the food enough so that it protects the mucosal lining of the oral cavity as it leaves the mouth. Without enough water at the beginning of this process, digestion becomes more a difficult job for the body.
On an interesting side note that has nothing to do with water, as the food goes down it passes the tonsils. The tonsils identify what it is you are eating and sends a report to the brain if there are any invading pathogens present. If so the brain will release the proper chemicals, blood cells, or whatever is necessary to fight it off.
So why do we take out people’s tonsils again?
Okay, so as I’ve stated before, your body has a something called a mucosal lining. It is all throughout your body. It also is made up of mostly water. This is important because one of the jobs of the mucosal lining takes place in the stomach. It provides a barrier in the stomach to help protect against the hydrochloric acid that is being released from your gastric pits to help break down the chyme (chewed up food) that comes in.
Without a thick enough mucosal lining in the stomach, the hydrochloric acid will eat away the mucosal lining and you will have issues like heart burn, acid reflux, and peptic ulcers just to name a few.
How do you keep your mucosal lining thick? Yep, you guessed it, drink plenty of water. It makes perfect sense when you remember that the lining is 90% water.
Our last stop…the toilet. We touched on the exit of food a couple of times only. We have mainly talked about the entrance of food into our bodies. Here is a nice synopsis I pulled off the Internet that pulls it all together better than I could explain it.
How do we get constipated? Well, food flows through the small intestine as a liquid mixture of digestive juices and the food you eat. By the time it reaches the large intestine, all the nutrients have been absorbed. The large intestine has one main function: to absorb water from the waste liquid, and turn it into a waste solid, known as the stool. The hard and dry stools of constipation occur when the colon absorbs too much water, or if the colon’s muscle contractions are too slow or sluggish, which results in the stool moving through the colon at too slow a pace. These hard, dry stools are difficult to pass.
The reason they are difficult to pass is that the hard, dry stool actually sticks to the dry wall of the colon and requires that the colon develop high-pressure waves to be moved. Since the body needs help to remove the stool, strain is then placed on the abdominal muscles to contribute the necessary force to push out the stool. This straining can have negative effects to the body, such as the development of hernias, varicose veins, hiatus hernia (upward pressure forcing the stomach into the chest), diverticulitis and diverticulosis (weakening and infection of the colon wall), hemorrhoids, anal fissures and fistulae.
Water is so beneficial for our bodies and yet we drink so little of it. Seems we do that with most things that are good for us. Water can help prevent and many times cure lots of the health issues we face today. High blood pressure, gout, diabetes, kidney stones, asthma…the list is long.
There are different calculations as to how much water you should drink. Our teacher says 2 liters a day. Another formula is to take your weight and divide by 2, and that’s how many ounces you should drink each day.
Whatever the case, if we want to live long happy lives, we should probably start by drinking more water.