Water is a part of our diet to which we pay the least attention. We can survive without food for weeks but without water we die of dehydration in a few days. About two-third of our body is water yet most of us do not realize the importance of drinking adequate plain water. Take a look at the approximate water content of some important organs:
- Brain 76%
- Blood 82%
- Muscle 75%
- Bone 25%
Water plays a vital role in many processes within the body, as it…
- Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
- Moisturizes the air in lungs
- Helps in detoxification
- Protects and moisturizes our joints
- Serves as a lubricant
- Forms the base for saliva
- Forms the fluid and surrounds the joints
- Regulates the body temperature
- Helps to alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste
- Regulates metabolism
When water is plentiful in the body, blood viscosity, blood capillaries, joint cartilage, spinal column, the ATP energy system and the digestion, all work in an efficient and easy manner.
When water consumption is less than adequate, the body robs some areas to protect vital tissues and organs which results in pain, tissue damage, and a variety of common health problems. Everything from constipation to cancer has been linked to an inadequate daily intake of water.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD ONE DRINK?
This seems to be a simple question, but unfortunately the answer is not that simple. There are various tables that tell you how much protein, calories, vitamins and minerals you need per day, but not water. One of the reasons is the variability from individual to individual.
There are certain conditions that determine how much water you need to drink daily, such as:
- The climate in which you live
- Your body size
- Your health status
- Physical activity
All these factors influence how much water your body needs each day to function efficiently.
Many experts recommend that 8 to 10 glasses of clean drinking water should be consumed every day. But, one should make sure that no water is taken within half an hour before and one and half hours after a meal, as excess water with food dilutes our stomach juices needed for efficient digestion.
10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATER
If you suffer from frequent headaches, lack of energy or get upset on minor reasons, check you daily intake of water. The following are some health benefits of water.
1. Weight control
Drinking enough water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. It reduces hunger thus prevents you from over eating. Water has zero calories.
2. Natural remedy for headache
Many times the reason behind headache and back pain is partial dehydration. Although there are many other reasons that contribute to these types of aches, dehydration is among the most common one.
3. Improves brain power
Your brain is mostly made up of water. Therefore, the inadequacy of water immediately affects its working. Drinking enough water promotes mental alertness, clear thinking and better concentration.
4. Provides energy
Drinking water regulates your body temperature so you feel more energetic during work and exercise. Water helps to fuel your muscles.
5. Aids digestion and prevents constipation
Drinking water raises you metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water together to regulate the bowel movement thus preventing constipation.
6. Prevents cramps and sprains
Proper hydration keeps your joints and muscles lubricated, thus preventing cramps and sprains.
7. Relieves Fstigue
Water helps in flushing out toxins and waste products from the body. When body is dehydrated the heart has to work harder to pump the oxygenated blood to all the cells of the body and the vital organs resulting in an overall feeling of being exhausted.
8. Younger and healthier skin
Properly hydrated skin feels good and looks younger. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increase skin elasticity.
9. Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Various studies show that drinking adequate amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the duration of their contact with bladder lining.
10. Lesser illness and better mood
Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. When the body feels well the soul feels happy.
VIDEO FOR DRINKING WATER ON EMPTY STOMACH
If we drink water on an empty stomach in the morning then we can get amazing benefits. Watch the video below to find the benefits.
WATER POLLUTION & ITS EFFECTS
Sadly, the quality and purity of our drinking water is more and more of a concern. Most of us are dependent on municipal water supplies for the supply and quality of our drinking water. Many of these water supply systems are more than 100 years old. Recent events in some locations have shown that contaminants in our drinking water can lead to health problems and in some cases even death.
Contaminants include cooper, lead, aluminium, asbestos, nitrates, benzene, lindane, cryptosporidium, and fecal coliforms. This is only a partial list, there are many other harmful substances that cause water contamination.