The Importance of Water While Fasting

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2009-02-25 16:25

We know that water is important for every aspect of health, but did you know that it becomes even more vital during a cleanse or a fast? Water enables the body to handle the stress of fasting or cleansing, eliminate toxins, avoid headaches and tiredness and reduce cravings.

Water is the human body's most-needed nutrient after oxygen. Our bodies are roughly 60% water by weight and depend on water to function. Every bodily process, from digestion to the functioning of the brain, involves water, and dehydration has some severe health risks, including fever, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, unconsciousness and even hallucinations. Even mild dehydration can result in tiredness, headaches, confusion, dry skin, muscle weakness, dizziness, irritability, and lightheadedness, so it's vital to make sure to drink plenty of water.

How much is enough? Experts differ on exactly how much water we need daily, but some of the most common recommendations include:

- 8 10-oz glasses per day,

- 2 to 3 liters per day, or

- half of your body weight (pounds) in ounces – e.g. If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water each day (roughly 7-1/2 full glasses)

If you're involved in strenuous exercise, live in a hot climate, or if you're doing a fast or a cleanse, you need even more water than usual to take care of your body's increased needs. Athletes lose more water through sweat than the rest of us, and people who are cleansing or fasting need additional water to flush toxins out of the body.

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