Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women’s health and wellness community OwningPink.com. She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment.
Drinking 8 glasses a day is just a minimum requirement for you to address the nutritional needs of your body. Like proteins, carbohydrates, and fat, water is one of the daily requirements your body needs in the prevention of disease. In fact, water is so important because it acts as a solvent for any kind of chemical activity to take place. This means that in order for your body to grow and develop, water is the secret agent to helping speed up any process of change.
Sixty percent (60%) of our body is made up of water, but more importantly, the chief executive officer of our body, better known as our brain, is 75-80% water. Our brain requires such a precise use of nutrients that falling short of any may cause irritability, sadness, loss of concentration and even loss of memory. The slightest feeling of dehydration can affect our brains greatly, thus affecting our daily functioning and productivity. This is because water is the agent in charge of carrying amino acids like tryptophan through the body. Tryptophan converts into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood.
As mentioned, water helps speed up any process of change that our body may require - whether it means trying to lose weight or repairing tissues. When the body is dehydrated, this may cause depression as the transfer of tryptophan is slower. Feeling a little “out of it”? Try drinking water. By drinking a minimum of 8 glasses each day, you are simply maintaining the function of your body and can help you in your productivity.