To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water. Although some of the water required by the body is obtained through foods with a high water content, like soups, tomatoes, oranges etc., the majority is gained through drinking water and other beverages. During everyday functioning, water is lost by the body, and this needs to be replaced.
WHY SHOULD YOU DRINK MORE WATER ON EVERYDAY BASE?
The benefits of drinking water are many: it is vital for almost every function in the body, helps maintain blood volume, allows proper circulation, helps regulate our body temperature, acts as a shock absorber for our joints and our brain etc. Drinking water regularly can help you: think better, stay in a better mood, lose weight, prevent disease and so much more…
Water is essential for a survival. We can live only a few days without water/ maybe a week, but much longer – without food.
–WATER FEEDS YOUR BODY – Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body.
–INCREASES ENERGY AND RELIEVES FATIGUE – Water composes 75-79% of our muscle tissue. Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness and electrolyte imbalance.
–BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM – Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer, heart attacks…
–PREVENTS CANCER – Various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of different types of cancer by 40-50%
–PREVENTS CRAMPS AND SPRAINS – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
–PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS – Sometimes we think we are hungry when actually we are thirsty. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can help with weight loss.
–IT’S NATURAL HEADACHE REMEDY – Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration. So… Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
–PUTS YOU IN A GOOD MOOD – Water helps you think clearer and be happier.
–FLUSHES OUT WASTE, BACTERIA AND TOXINS – Our digestive system needs water to function properly. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat.
–IMPROVES SKIN COMPLEXION AND MAKE YOUR SKIN GLOW! – Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do its job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating.
2. SOME KEY POINTS REGARDING DRINKING WATER:
The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.
According to a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the amount of water in the human heart and brain is 73%, the lungs are 83%, muscles and kidneys are 79%, the skin is 64%, and the bones are around 31%.
The liquid portion of the blood, the plasma, contains more than 90 percent water.
In everyday functioning, water is lost by the body, and this needs to be replaced.
Drinking water is the best source of fluid for the body. Beverages such as milk and juices are also decent sources of fluid, but beverages containing alcohol and caffeine, such as soft drinks, coffee, and beer are not ideal because they often contain calories.
Water is essential for the kidneys to function – If the kidneys do not function properly, waste products can build up inside the body.This can cause different health issues like kidney disease, Urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones etc.
How Dehydration effects other organs:
– If water is in short supply, blood can become thicker and increase blood pressure
– Airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss, potentially making asthma and allergies worse.
– The skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
– Digestive problems can become an issue
– Joints can become less good at shock absorption, which leads to joint pain
3. HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU DRINK EACH DAY?
This is a simple question with no easy answer.
Your individual water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are, where you live, your age and so forth. There’s no single formula that fits everyone. You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal!
4. SIGNS YOU NEED TO DRINK MORE WATER:
HEADACHES – Even mild dehydration can bring on persistent head pain.
TROUBLE CONCENTRATING – Researchers have found that being mildly dehydrated by only 2 percent hinders attention and memory. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you have trouble concentrating, then… you should definitely try drinking more water.
POOR EXERCISE PERFORMANCE – Taking a run outdoors when it’s hot is a recipe for getting But if you sweat too much and don’t replace it with fluids, you’ll experience symptoms like cool skin, weakness and dizziness.
PEEING PROBLEMS – When there’s not enough water running through your body, your kidneys won’t produce much urine. Because it’s more concentrated, it will make peeing bit uncomfortable or irritating.
CONSTIPATION – While many of the signs on this list are symptoms of mild dehydration which can be easily corrected, constipation can be a sign of more chronic dehydration.
5. WHY SHOULD YOU DRINK WATER FIRST EVERY MORNING?
The benefits of water are well known, but experts say that reaching for water before your morning cup of coffee could jumpstart your system just when you need it most. After being asleep all night, we wake up every day slightly dehydrated. So….Starting the day with 1-2 glasses of water upon waking is a great way to begin our day.
SO…. DO YOU DRINK ENOUGH WATER EACH DAY?
If not, your overall health may be taking a toll. As you just saw in my article – drinking water regularly can help you: think better, stay in a better mood, prevent disease, lose weight etc. Here’s advice that I follow myself: make sure to have your water bottle wherever you are/or go. This way, you can easily sip throughout the day and never leave your body dehydrates.