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Water Balance in the Body

 

Water is the largest single component of the human body. It constitutes about 60% of body weight in young adult males and 50% in young adult females. Water constitutes 93% of plasma and 97% of interstitial fluid.

Intracellular water is the major component of cells, except fat cells, and constitutes 73% of the weight of metabolically active cells of muscle and viscera.

Since distribution of total body water is based on the concentration levels of sodium and potassium it is wise to maintain proper balance. This also helps in maintaining proper acid-alkaline balance. This is important for good health.

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Water Balance- Too much sodium creates lowered potassium, and the reverse is also true. Too much of either mineral will create an imbalance in the distribution of fluids between the cellular walls. Sodium is thought to cause high blood pressure. The causes of hypertension formerly were not definitively known; indirect evidence suggests, however, that several aspects of nutrition, especially the ingestion of excessive amounts of sodium, may be involved.

Potassium is stored almost entirely within the lean tissues, where it helps maintain fluid volume. Diuretics, fasting, alcohol, diarrhea and vomiting can decrease the absorption and utilization of this mineral.

VITAMIN B-6 is necessary for the metabolism of fats- carbohydrates-proteins.

POTASSIUM is stored almost entirely within the lean tissues, where it serves as the dominant intracellular cation (positively charged ion).

-Eat plenty of raw foods, including fruits and vegetables, garlic and onions.

-For protein, skinless chicken and turkey and broiled fish, are best.

-Raw nuts, olive oil, tuna and trout contain essential fatty acids that are beneficial.

-Drink plenty of water especially steam distilled water.

-Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate and soda.

-Cut out sugary foods, fried foods, spicy foods, white flour and processed foods.

-Avoid red meat and sources of animal and hydrogenated fats.

-Avoid salt.

-Avoid stress

-Get regular moderate exercise to maintain circulation and free-flowing body metabolism

-Keep your weight down

-If medically permitted, take hot saunas for 20 minute intervals

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