Water is the most important substance for sustaining life. To reinforce its importance, consider the fact that the human body is composed of more than 50% water! Incredible!
Water has a variety of beneficial roles - ranging from adequate hydration to disease prevention:
1) Drink 1-2 glasses of water immediately, at the onset of a headache. Although headaches have many different origins - dehydration may be the cause. Headaches can often be avoided with adequate fluid intake.
2) Drink 1-2 glasses of water upon waking to activate your internal organs. It takes time and energy for the human body to wake up after a good night's sleep. Provide your body with that extra boost it needs to get the ball rolling in the mornings.
3) Increase your water intake to help with constipation. Water can provide that extra "lubrication" your bowels may need in order to properly evacuate.
4) Water can help flush toxins out of the body. We are exposed to chemicals and other contaminants on a daily basis; even food can be embedded with toxic constituents. The detoxification process can also yield many "outward" benefits - including improving the look and feel of your skin.
Ashley Kowalski is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Embrun, Cornwall, and Ottawa. She is currently accepting new patients.