First of all, it is not possible to follow the logic of higher importance when considering health and well-being. Both food and water are equally important as fundamental building blocks of health. Without proper food and water intake, people cannot rely on medical treatments and obtain their full advantage.
However, water is obviously more important than food because we can live without it less than a week while we can live up to three months without food. If you want to make positive changes to your health, improve your water quality and diet for maximum benefits. But if you do not have time or energy to work on both aspects at once, always choose improving your water quality and restraining from other drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) over diet changes.
Even with the best diet, you cannot use its complete potential without quality water intake because some facts indicate that water accounts for more health than food.
Water Builds More Tissues than Food
A common traditional concept about diet is that protein intake is essential for building tissues. Proteins are the main building blocks for our muscles, they say. However, this is the situation – the body cannot use animal proteins to build human tissue. It has to break it down into less complicated components and synthesize new proteins suitable for human tissue.
There are two downsides to that concept. One, the body loses more energy to break down the proteins first and convert them back. Two, proteins build mainly muscle tissue, and the muscles compose only 40% of our constitution. In reality, individuals usually neglect water in daily life, and that is a big mistake because water builds the following:
- 75% of the brain
- 83% of the blood
- 22% of the bones
- 75% of the muscles
If you neglect water intake and focus on your diet, you will obviously develop only 25% of the muscles, 25% of the brain, and 17% of the blood. Sure, water does not build a lot of bones, but it builds approximately 75% of your total body mass, and that is why quality water gives you more health benefits than a proper diet without proper water intake.
Water Protects the Joints and Vital Organs
In modern strength training, vital organs are the most neglected aspect of health and energy. Ripped muscles are not a sign of good health if internal organs are misplaced, damaged, or exhausted. Water builds and strengthens most of the fascia around organs that acts as a cushion to protect them.
Although water builds only 22% of the bones, it allows joints to function better. It lubricates the joints and prevents any sedimentation that will damage joint health and range of motion. Keep in mind that scientific research indicates that fluoride in drinking water actually inhibits calcium absorption, so you will need clean water to make your joints and bones healthier.
Water Increases Nutrient Absorption and Cleans Toxins
With proper water intake, the body requires less nutrient intake because it maximizes absorption. Less is more only when you drink quality water and avoid artificial beverages. And when you avoid junk food without any nutrients, of course.
Even when you eat junk, water will help you clean toxins and other pollutants from the body. Pollutants account for an acid pH environment in the body which is the cause of 90% disease manifestations. When you clean them out, the immune system becomes stronger and gains an environment to its advantage.
Water Regulates Breathing and Temperature
Water is an essential factor for thermoregulation. When you sweat, you won’t overheat during physical activity, or at least your endurance will increase. But if you don’t have anything to sweat out, your body will overheat fast, and you will become exhausted quickly.
Breathing is more important than water, but water increases breathing potential. It moistens the oxygen and helps the lungs perform better.
Water is clearly more important than food. Though they are equally important in reality, it appears that better progress can be made if you improve the quality of your fluid intake than your diet habits. If you cannot work on both at the same time, work on your fluid intake first. Drink pure and clean water while avoiding junk drinks, and 75% of you will feel better after some time.
Many falsely assume that methods do not work if they do not bring immediate progress or create opposite reactions. I have already stated that water cleans pollutants from the body. When that happens, the pollutants have to re-enter the blood, so they can leave the system. Water cannot vaporize them immediately. They have to leave, and that takes time.
During that period, it is possible to feel nausea, fatigue, and sleep 12 hours per day. Once, the toxins are out after years of chronic poisoning, think twice before you come back to unhealthy habits and suppress the toxins back to your tissue. Remember, water does not create them; it just brings what you already contain to your attention.