The Human Body is composed of cells, and about two-thirds of the body's water is within the cells, while the remaining third is in extracellular fluid. Minerals, including potassium and sodium, help maintain ICF (intracellular fluid) and ECF (extracellular fluid) balance.
The body will naturally attempt to maintain healthy water levels by excreting excess water in the urine. It has been determined that the more water and fluids a person drinks, the more urine is produced in the kidneys.
If we do not drink enough water the body will not release urine. This is a signal to the body to conserve fluids and maintain a given water level. This action is described in the body as edema, swelling caused due to excess fluid accumulation in the body tissues, or retaining bodily fluids. When the intake of water is low, this raises the risk of dehydration, and the body's homeostasis is off balance, which can be the potential root cause of chronic disease.
What is homeostasis?
This is the the body's natural ability to maintain and regulate it's internal environment, despite external environmental changes.
The primary function of homeostasis is to maintain a balance within the body regarding temperature, salt concentration, food intake and pH levels.
When the body's homeostasis is at work, it will control body temperature, blood pH, blood glucose levels to fluid balance, sodium, potassium, and calcium ion concentration.
The Body's pH Balance
The body's normal pH balance and natural homeostasis is accomplished by consuming alkaline and acid base foods, such as more fruits and vegetables. The work begins by avoiding foods that can lead to conditions like, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. maintaining a healthy homeostasis and pH balance is important in the membrane transport of protons, that are required for preventing acidic states of body fluid, maintaining physical performance, and improving metabolic impairments. The normal blood pH is between 7.2 to 7.45. A neutral pH of 7.0 is more alkaline than water. If measurements are at a lower pH, this is a status of acidosis. The body does good with a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45 for optimum health.
The Body at Work
Water is considered to be natures juice. It is fluid that helps to regulate the body's homeostasis and pH balance. It has an important job, which includes regulating temperature through sweating, flushing out body waste through the urine. It lubricates joints, delivers oxygen and aids in digestion.
The pH regulation is maintained and achieved through different regulatory systems, mainly our endocrine and nervous systems.
The body's homeostasis works by releasing its own collection of pyrogens, that cause our temperature to go up when it identifies invaders, i.e., (viruses, and bacteria) and infections. This allows antibodies and enzymes to better fight off diseases in the following:
1. The body acts to maintain homeostasis through physical exercise and eating foods that are healthy and nutritious.
2. The kidneys acts in maintaining homeostasis to regulate water levels.
3. The pancreas is an active function for overall health. The pancreas and intestines work together to maintain the hormones and neuropeptides to keep glucose in check.
4. The cardiovascular system is a motor that ramps up when exercising, it re-routes the blood to the muscles, lungs and heart.
5. The digestive systems is provided with more blood supply to help balance things out when needed for health tissues, and a smooth process for elimination.
6. The Homeostasis doesn't need help, it is a lean, and clean internal system. Maintaining the internal environment to keep every organ working in harmony. Vitamins and minerals are essential to our health. Homeostasis is important for life, without it the body is not working in harmony to maintain life at a level of optimum health.
7. Foods to Help Water Balance
strawberries and other berries
oranges, plus other citrus fruits
watermelon, cantaloupe, and melons
Soup and broths are full of water, (low sodium).
Alkaline foods to help maintain pH balance.