Water – the first step to good health

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Water – the first step to taking care of your health

We all know water is essential for your survival. We can go without food for weeks but without water we will only last a few days.  Why is this?

Water is vital to energy production in the cells and overall metabolism.

Your brain is 80% water and neurotransmission relies on water to work. Could this be why you sometimes experience headaches, poor coordination, ‘fuzzy’ thinking?

Your nerves need water to transmit signals. Dehydrated nerves become ‘sticky’ resulting in pain. Many of my clients have experienced considerable pain reduction simply by increasing their fluid/water intake.

The function of a dehydrated cell is greatly impaired which in turn has a dramatic effect on sugar levels, the immune system and detoxification.

The lymphatic system is the detoxification or ‘rubbish collection’ system of your body.  It is like a slow moving river, which flows around the body picking up waste from the cells. Lymph, that clear liquid that sometimes comes when you cut yourself, relies on water to effectively keep our body clean. Without enough water ‘rubbish’ or waste accumulates in the body and we can feel tired, lacking energy, depressed and generally in poor health.

We think we are well hydrated because we are drinking plenty of fluid every day but did you know that coffee, tea, some herb teas, sodas and energy drinks contain caffeine or caffeine-like substances. These drinks have a dehydrating effect on the body as it takes water to flush out the caffeine from your body. Sugary drinks have a similar effect.

Have a look at your typical daily fluid intake.  Count each caffeine type drink as minus one and calculate your water intake.

Is your daily water intake anywhere near the recommended water intake of 2 to 3 litres per day?

A tip:  If you are sick or lacking in energy cold or refrigerated water is not helpful as it takes valuable energy from the body to warm it.

Drink room temperature water or replace your cup of tea with a hot water!

If you suffer from a lot of pain then take the water test and let us know the results. I would love to hear what happens.


The Water Test

Day One
  1. Don’t change a thing
  2. Note down every drink you have in 24 hours
  3. Rate your pain levels out of 10 – 10 being the most intense 1 being hardly noticeable
  4. Note the area you are experiencing pain – this may change throughout the day.


Day Two
  1. Note down every drink you have in 24 hours
  2. For every non water drink you have (eg. tea coffee juice soda energy drink) have a glass of water
  3.  Rate your pain levels
  4.  Note the area you are experiencing pain – this may change throughout the day.


Day Three
  1. Note down every drink you have in 24 hours.
  2. Increase the number of water drinks and decrease the number of sweet or caffeine related drinks
  3. Rate your pain levels
  4. Note the area/s you are experiencing pain.


Day Four onwards
  1. Repeat day three.  Note: if your body is seriously dehydrated in can take up to 2 weeks to fully hydrate again.


Keep up the good work and let me know what happens for you.



  1. T Carey on July 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm said:

    Great tips Jeanette – I definitely don’t drink enough water in winter!

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