Why is Earth the only planet in our solar system that supports life forms?
Quite simply…water. No other planet has it.
Drinking water is essential for optimal health. And you probably think you get plenty of fluids every day.
Yet, up to 75 percent of Americans may be in a chronic state of dehydration, according to research.
Many people understand the importance of drinking enough water but they don’t overcome the perceived inconvenience to make it part of their routine.
The problem is that allowing yourself to become dehydrated causes more inconvenience because it can be a significant contributing factor to your fertility issues. Something as simple as drinking enough water can be the turning point for you.
Staying hydrated is critical when trying to get pregnant. You can survive weeks without food. But as little as a few hours without water. For example, a child left in a hot car or an athlete exercising hard in hot weather can dehydrate, overheat and die in a period of a few hours.
50-70% of your body weight is water. Your blood is 85% water, your muscles 80%, your brain 75% and even your bones are 25% water, which indicates how important water is for your health.
Water keeps all of your organs and cells functioning properly including the reproductive cells (egg, sperm) and reproductive organs (brain, ovaries, uterus, testes, thyroid). It also naturally flushes out toxins in the body.
For men, semen production and semen volume can be reduced by not drinking enough water. If semen is thicker due to dehydration, sperm may have trouble swimming.
For the fetus, staying hydrated is critical for fetal development. Water helps carry nutrients to the placenta and is an important part of all aspects of development from the time of fertilization. Without water, a developing baby cannot survive, increasing the risk of miscarriage.
For women, dehydration can affect…
- …which leads to dehydration interfering with or preventing ovulation
- The cervical mucus, which is important in transporting the sperm to the fallopian tubes for egg fertilization. Having little to no cervical mucus can be an indication that you’re dehydrated. You should see 2-3 days of egg white, stretchy cervical mucus around ovulation. Without enough water, the cervical mucus that balances vaginal pH also becomes too acidic, harming the sperm.
- Implantation – Water is necessary for cell division and metabolism. The cells of the uterine wall must be healthy for the embryo to implant.
How much water to drink?
Because people are busy throughout the day, using thirst as a guide is unreliable.
A general rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces of water.
But more accurately, use your urine as a guide.
The color should be pale yellow like lemonade. If it is a deep, dark yellow then you are probably not drinking enough water. If it is colorless, you are drinking too much water which can cause salts & other electrolytes in your body to become too diluted.
A healthy person urinates on average about 7-8 times a day. If you haven’t urinated in many hours, that’s an indication that you’re not drinking enough. Time your water intake so that needing to go to the bathroom doesn’t cause you to wake up at night.
Make sure you start your day with a large glass of water to rehydrate. You breathe out a small amount of water every time you exhale as you’re sleeping. If you sweat at night, you’re also losing water.
Storing your water in the appropriate water containers is important. Glass and stainless steel water containers are best.
DO NOT USE plastic bottles! Even if they’re BPA-free.
BPA (bisphenol-A) mimics estrogen, and therefore can have estrogenic effects in the body causing infertility including low sperm quality. BPA increases aneuploidy, a defect consisting of abnormal loss or gain of chromosomes, which could lead to miscarriages or disorders such as Down Syndrome.
Plastics, including BPA-free materials, leach chemicals that act like estrogen in our bodies. Conditions that are known to release these harmful chemicals are heat, putting them in a microwave or dishwasher, or leaving a plastic water bottle in a hot car. Microwaving the containers or placing hot liquids or food into them releases BPA 55 times more rapidly! But even normal contact with food or water was enough for these chemicals to leach into the food and the water because they are unstable. Some of the chemicals that are in the BPA-free plastics actually have been found to have greater estrogenic activity than BPA itself.
Many people rely on drinking bottled water regularly. The problem is that you don’t know how long they’ve been in the plastic bottle and what conditions they have been stored in.
Instead, purify your tap water using the best water filtration system you can afford, preferably one with reverse osmosis (RO).
Unfortunately, an effective water filtration system also removes beneficial minerals (magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese). Because RO water doesn’t have enough minerals, when it is consumed, it also leaches minerals from the body and your food if you cook with RO water. It’s because water wants to bind to everything, and it will take the minerals where it can — like from your body or your food. This means that the minerals in food and vitamins are being urinated away.
Less minerals consumed plus more minerals being excreted equals serious negative side effects and big health problems, including fertility issues.
A simple solution is to add trace minerals to filtered water.
Here are some easy tips to ensure you’re drinking enough water
- Have a bottle with you constantly and make it a habit to take a sip whenever you have down time.
- Use an app to track your water intake.
- Set recurring water break reminders on your phone.
- Buy a bottle with pre-marked timed intervals. You can also make your own stickers to add to your favorite clear bottle. All you have to do is come up with your own timed drinking goals and write the times on the bottle.
Optimal fertility starts with the basics – water being the most critical ingredient to life. Make it a daily habit to drink enough for your reproductive needs.