Is Water Really The Number One Ingredient For Slowing Down The Aging Process?


Reprint of an article by Daniel C. Hammer from the Article Codex website,


Introduction by Dr. Don Rose, Writer, Life Alert




The article reprinted below is a summary of facts and conclusions concerning water’s role in the human body, as well as its role in weight management and aging. The collection of info below will hopefully convince you (and me) to drink more H20, because let’s face it, most of us aren’t getting enough. --Don Rose




Some people would say that oxygen is the number one ingredient for life and they would certainly be correct in that statement.  Try going without it for 5 minutes and see what happens.  No, stop!  I was just joking.  We all know that if deprived of oxygen we will die in a very short period of time.  But with our absolute need for oxygen to sustain life, oxygen also has a dark side to it.  In respiration the oxygen molecule splits to create an unstable oxygen atom or free radical.  Because free radicals are unstable they will attack the nearest stable molecule to steal an electron.  Although this stabilizes them it creates a new free radical.  This begins a chain reaction that can result in the disruption of a living cell.  It is this disruption or free radical damage that is generally believed to be the main factor in aging.  Although we desperately need oxygen to live it is also a major factor in causing us to age.

Then Food Must Be The Number One Ingredient, Right?

Although missing a meal could make you cranky like an old geezer, you really could live for a couple of months without lunch.  In fact, most people could exist without food for 2 months or more.  When you factor in the average American diet then you may become part of the new reality in America .  The increase in diabetes and obesity is staggering.  In fact, obesity and its corresponding health risks have now overtaken the risks from smoking cigarettes.  We are literally eating and drinking our way to an early grave.  The other sad fact is our children are now at a higher risk with a corresponding decrease in longevity.  Not a good recipe for anti-aging.

You Said “drinking our way to an early grave” So Water Can’t Be Number One, Right?

You’re equating drinking water with drinking coffee, soda or beer.  You’re thinking that you get lots of water in the eight cups of coffee you drink or the several cans of soda you consume.  Or maybe you stop at the convenience store or gas station for your daily 32 oz drink.  Or maybe you’re counting the bottle(s) of beer after work because it makes you go to the bathroom so surely you’re adding to your water intake.  SORRY!  THESE DON’T COUNT!  It needs to be pure water and lots of it!  Before I tell you why, let me give you some facts that you can share around the water cooler at work.

Water Cooler Facts to Impress Your Co-Workers:

  • The average adult body is 55 to 75% water.
  • Everyday your body must replace 2-3 quarters of water.  Remember, there are 4 quarts to a gallon so you need at least a half-gallon of water each day.
  • The human brain is made up of 85% water.  That gives new meaning to the phrase:  “His brain is swimming with ideas!”
  • Your blood is 83% water, which makes sense, but your lungs are 88% water.  Go figure!
  • A 2% drop in your body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration such as short-term memory problems, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print.  So, if you’re having a difficult time reading your email this morning, then you need a glass of water more than a new pair of glasses.
  • It is estimated that 75% of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration.
  • We lose 2 to 4 cups of water from breathing.  I was so fascinated with this fact that I did a Google search and in 1959 the world’s population was 3 billion and in 1999 it surpassed 6 billion.  At an average of 3 cups of water lost in breathing per individual, today we are adding 1.125 billion gallons of warm water to the atmosphere every day.  I wonder if this has an affect on global warming.
  • The average 12 oz can of regular pop contains 155 calories and 9 teaspoons of sugar.  The average American consumes 54 gallons of soda per year.  That breaks down to 1.5 cans or 230 calories per day all derived from sugar.  Since there are 3500 calories in a pound of fat, the average American could see a 1-lb weight gain, from regular pop consumption, every 14-15 days.
  • Most dark colas contain phosphoric acid which directly affects the acidity of your body.  To compensate, your body will pull calcium from its bones to neutralize this acidic environment.  This leads to a greater increase in the potential for osteoporosis.
  • Caffeine is a mildly addictive, stimulant drug and increases the excretion of calcium as well as acts as a diuretic to rob your body of its necessary water.

Alright Stop!  You’ve Made Your Point!

As you can see, water is a necessary and fundamental part of our lives.  In fact, the water you drink literally becomes you!  There is so much more I could say on this topic but let me leave you with this.  Pure water contains no calories, no artificial sweeteners and colorings, and is fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium and not acidic.  It plays a major role in weight loss and weight management.  Many regard water as the most significant factor in losing fat.  Because it contains no calories you can consume as much as you want without weight gain.  It serves as an appetite suppressant and helps the body metabolize stored fat.  Water also helps to reduce water retention by stimulating your kidneys.  Water retention is usually a sign that you are not drinking sufficient water thus causing your body to retain water to compensate for this shortage.  Every biochemical action that takes place in your body takes place in water.  Because of this it is critically important to look at the source of your water intake because what it contains will have a direct effect on your health and aging.

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology. He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years.  His website provides current information on how to slow down the aging process.


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