Why Water is so Important...
From the desk of Jacqueline Rho, ND... This seemed like an appropriate post seeing as how we are inches above our average rainfall for this time of year in Boston.
We all know that drinking water is important, but sometimes it’s hard to get a clear answer on why. I am going to break it down for you in simple terms.
Water helps flush toxins from the body:
The kidneys remove waste products out of the body. The waste products (urea, uric acid and lactic acid) all need water to help break them down. Without water it wouldn’t be possible for toxins to be flushed from the body properly.
-Water helps draw wastes and toxins for elimination
-Urination helps remove filtered waste and excess water from the bloodstream
-Perspiration helps unclog oils, debris and dirt particles from skin’s pores and surfaces
Water is essential in keeping the body moisturized and hydrated:
Hydration enables proper temperature regulation of the body and lubrication of the joints. Adequate hydration also prevents the effects of excessive and rapid water loss due to conditions like fever, vomiting and diarrhea, from being detrimental. Being hydrated helps keep energy levels up and bodily processes running smoothly.
Water helps with the transportation of nutrients to the body:
Nutrients from food are absorbed in our gastrointestinal tract. Drinking eight glasses of water a day helps carry nutrients to the cells of the body. The blood subsequently transports the nutrients to the different areas of the body. The part of the blood cells that transports oxygen and important nutrients to the body is made up of water.
Staying hydrated is just one aspect of leading a healthy lifestyle. As a Naturopathic Doctor at OMBE, I treat my patients as a whole, addressing the root cause of illness, rather than just the symptoms. If you would like to learn more about naturopathy, I encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation.
Jacqueline Rho, ND Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Jacqueline S. Rho is a naturopathic doctor, specializing in preventative and family care medicine. She treats her patients as a whole, addressing the root cause of illness, rather than just the symptoms. She has devoted her education to advancing her knowledge in Naturopathic, Homeopathic, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, having a focus in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry. She then researched neuronal development at Harvard Medical School before receiving her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. She is an active member of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors, New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Rho has a focus in women’s health, cardiovascular conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, and autoimmune conditions. She treats many other health conditions as she utilizes clinical nutrition, Classical Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and functional medicine in an integrative approach to provide individualized health care. She has helped many with weight loss and detoxification, teaching her patients the lifestyle changes that are needed to improve their health and prevent disease.