Understanding the Conscious Mind
The conscious mind is the objective or thinking mind. It has no memory, and it can only hold one thought at a time. The mind has four essential functions. First, it identifies incoming information. This is information received through any of the six senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, or feeling. The conscious mind is continually observing and categorizing what is going on around a person. The second function of the conscious mind is comparison. There, the information is compared with all of one’s previously stored information and experiences. Is this new information received? Is it something that has been mastered in the past and successfully adapted to? The third function of the conscious mind is analysis, is this a threat? The fourth function, deciding. What would be the best solution to this problem?
The conscious mind performs two functions: It accepts or rejects data in making choices and decisions. (Tracy). A person is walking across the street, hears the roar of the moving vehicle. The person turns and sees the vehicle is bearing down on them. Their knowledge about the speed of moving vehicles is compared with incoming information lets them know they may be in danger. The first question the mind evaluates is, “Do I get out of the way? Yes or no?” If the decision is “yes,” then the next is, “Do I jump forward? Yes or no?” If the decision is “no,” because of cross traffic, then the next question is, “Do I jump backward? Yes or no?” If the decision is “yes,” this message is instantly transmitted to the subconscious mind and in a split second. The whole body jumps back out of the way, with no additional thought or decision on the person’s part. (Tracy).
Understanding the Subconscious Mind
Think of the subconscious mind as a tape recorder, it only listens and records. It is subjective, it does not judge, and has no logic. It does not think or reason independently; it merely obeys the commands it receives from the conscious mind. The subconscious mind permanently stores all of one’s previous life experiences, beliefs, memories, skills, all situations experienced and all images ever seen. Its capacity is virtually unlimited. The information stored consists of accessible information once attention is directed to it, such as remembering a phone number that is frequently used. (Tonner) “The subconscious mind is responsible for the automatically triggered feelings and emotions that one suddenly experiences upon facing a new situation. (Radwan).
As mentioned, the subconscious mind only listens, so if a person is constantly saying or thinking “no one loves me,” that information is recorded, and eventually those emotions and self-seeking behaviors will be sent. The person will begin to have an emotional experience I.e.: depression, sadness. Those emotions turn to behaviors such as seeking a spouse that will reinforce that belief. When a person feels under the weather, the body is communicating that the current thought process is out of sync with what is beneficial one’s well-being.
Understanding the Unconscious mind
The unconscious mind processes all of the information that is received, drives 95% of one’s beliefs and behaviors, and selects what one consciously recognizes, reacts to, and processes. (Onner). During childhood, there is a countless number of memories and experiences acquired that forms who a person is today, although this information is not easily accessible. Behaviors may indicate unconscious forces that drive them including beliefs, patterns, and subjective maps of reality. (Staroversky).
Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
Your body is composed of about 60% water. (Men have more water than women as a percentage.) The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients in the body, and maintenance of body temperature, flushing toxins, digesting food, and more.
Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. The skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne . water will flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples. “Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration,” he says. “But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.” –WebMD
Muscle fuel Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired and shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. [[Fatty tissue has less water than lean tissue.]]
Kidney function & Dehydration
Kidneys helps cells take in nutrients, control blood pressure, remove waste from the blood and urine, and balance fluids. Every day, the kidneys filter around 120-150 quarts of fluid. Approximately 1-2 quarts are removed from the body in the form of urine, and the rest is recovered by the bloodstream. Water is essential for the kidneys to function. If the kidneys do not function properly, waste products/toxins, and excess fluid can build up inside the body, this compromises the immune system.
Dehydration happens if we use and lose more water than the body takes in. It can lead to an imbalance in the body’s electrolytes. Electrolytes, such as potassium, phosphate, and sodium, help carry electrical signals between cells. The kidneys keep the levels of electrolytes in the body stable when they function properly. When the kidneys are unable to maintain a balance in the levels of electrolytes, can lead to seizures, involving involuntary muscle movements and loss of consciousness. In severe cases, dehydration can lead to kidney failure, which can be life-threatening. Possible complications of chronic kidney failure include anemia, damage to the central nervous system, heart failure, and a compromised immune system.
Water Can Help Control Calories. Dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. Water helps people feel full, and as a result consume fewer calories.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Joints in the human body are prone to continuous friction and weathering. A decrease in water consumption may lead to rheumatoid arthritis. Aching joints, muscle cramps, and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated. Water keeps the cartilage around the body’s joints hydrated, ensuring the joints stay lubricated.
Breathing. Water plays its role in distributing oxygen all over the human body while collecting the carbon dioxide from all these parts and dissolving these gases. When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.
Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases Blood is more than 90 percent water. A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure. Water can prevent cardiovascular disorders to a large degree. It maintains the proper viscosity of blood and plasma and fibrinogen distribution.
Boosts Metabolism. Water is the carrier of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to the body parts and also provides a medium for the removal of toxins, dead cells, and waste material. The proteins and enzymes involved in various fundamental processes also require water for their proper functioning.
Backaches. The back of our body rests on the spinal cord. Water protects our spinal cord and tissues, keeping us healthy from the inside out. Cartilage, which is the rubbery material that coats our bones, is about 85 percent water. The spinal disk core is made up of a large volume of water and dehydration, which leads to back pain in many individuals.
Productivity boost If you’re going to need to concentrate for long periods of time, keep water handy to help you stay refreshed, hydrated, and focused. Dehydration can impair your attention span, memory, and motor skills. Feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration. Dehydration can affect brain structure and function, and prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.
Soaking in a warm bath or shower may make us feel less lonely. Researchers have concluded that when people are lonely and seeking connectedness, they spend more time in warm baths and showers, substituting physical warmth for emotional warmth . Doing so seems to ease loneliness and feelings of isolation. Warm baths may also cue oxytocin, the hormone responsible for making us feel relaxed and bonded with others. Typically released when we’re experiencing closeness to others.
Its sounds are soothing. Exposure to unpleasant noises (screams, scrapes, electric drills, subway trains, perhaps?) can elevate our pulse and blood pressure and cause stress hormones to be released. The sounds of water flowing has also been found to have therapeutic effects.
Living near it is good for our health. One study showed that good health is more prevalent the closer one lives to the coast. Whether it’s the proximity to sea air, greenery, or on the beach, spending time near the water makes us healthier.
Pregnant Women & Nursing Mothers A pregnant woman carries a new life in her womb that develops from her body’s resources. The nutrients and other factors needed for its growth can be carried from mother to the fetus via blood, which in turn needs water. Constipation, bladder infections, and hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy and these can be avoided by drinking excess water during these periods.
- Babies and children have a higher percentage of water than adults. When babies are born, they are about 78 percent water, but this falls to 65 percent by the age of 1 year.