Water is in Everything
The human body is approximately sixty percent water, did you know that? Water is essential for proper human functioning because it is used in all the processes of many cells, organs, and tissues. Water helps to regulate body temperature, among other things, and because so much water is lost through regular functions such as breathing, sweating, and digestion, so it is incredibly important to keep your water levels up, either through drinking water itself or through eating foods which contain water.
How much water a person needs on a daily basis will depend on a variety of criteria – do they live in a hot climate? How active are they on a daily basis? Do they have any health problems? Are the experiencing an illness?
It Protects your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints
Water plays a huge part in regulating body temperature and quenching thirst, but it is also hugely important in keeping the cells of your body properly hydrated. Think about how it feels when your eyes or mouth, or the inside of your nose, are dry. It isn’t a pleasant feeling, is it? Drinking enough water ensures that there is sufficient moisture in your body to keep these areas properly hydrated, as well as to keep the bones, blood and brain adequately supplied with water, and the essential nutrients it carries. In addition to keeping cells and mucous membranes hydrated, water helps to protect the spinal cord, and can also act as a lubricant for joints.
It Helps your Body Remove Waste
A proper amount of hydration means that your body is better able to get rid of the waste products which naturally build up inside your body. Water is used by the kidneys and the liver to help it flush out toxins, and the intestines use it for this purpose also. The intestinal tract uses water to bulk up faeces, making it move more quickly through the intestinal tract, which staves off constipation and makes the entire process easier. It should be noted, however, that this is not the same as saying that constipation can be cured by increasing the amount of water you drink. This is not to say that it won’t, but it isn’t guaranteed.
Water Aids in Digestion
What many people don’t know is that digestion doesn’t just happen in their stomach – it begins in the mouth. Chewing food excretes saliva, which begins the process of breaking down food for proper digestion later on. Water is the basis of saliva, so without it, proper digestion cannot occur. The enzymes carried by saliva (water) are crucial to digestion; without digestion, people can’t absorb the nutrients they need from the food they eat, and so they will become ill. Water is particularly important in the case of fibre – fibre is water-soluble, so without adequate hydration, you will be unable to reap any of the benefits of the fibre in your diet.
Water Prevents you From Becoming Dehydrated
Hydration is important when you are doing a vigorous physical activity, outside in a hot climate, or sick; either with a fever or with a bug which makes you physically sick. All of these activities lead to us losing fluids through various means, which can lead to becoming dehydrated if we aren’t careful to replace the lost fluids. You may also be advised to drink more water to help combat other health problems, such as bladder infections or kidney stones. Nursing mothers may also be encouraged to up their fluid intake because breastfeeding uses more fluids.
Water Helps you Breathe
Water can help you breathe, believe it or not. Don’t take this to mean that all difficulties in breathing can be cured by drinking water! If you are having difficulty breathing, for pity’s sake go to a medical professional as quickly as possible!
What we mean is that adequate hydration can make it feel as though you have more oxygen in your lungs. Water helps the body oxygenate itself more efficiently, meaning that it can help the blood carry oxygen cells to where they are needed. When you are dehydrated, oxygen can’t get around the body so easily, and so it can feel harder to breathe.
While there are certain foods which are high in water, such as lettuce and cucumber, by far the easiest way for you to hydrate your body is by drinking water. Fizzy drinks and alcohol actually make you more dehydrated, not less (hence why people who drink are recommended to drink a glass of water every few rounds), while coffee and tea are diuretics – they actively dehydrate the body, instead of hydrating it.
Chronic Cellular Dehydration
A consistent lack of proper hydration can lead to chronic cellular dehydration – a condition where cells lack the proper hydration and are therefore permanently weakened. This chronic condition weakens the immune system and causes pH imbalances throughout the body.
Water Helps EVERYTHING
Water is something which is more or less essential for nearly every bodily function, with a lack of proper hydration being the number one cause of tiredness during the day. Even as small a drop as two percent of water in your body can have an effect on your short term memory, and make it difficult to focus on any one thing for a prolonged amount of time.
Water is Essential
Without water, your body won’t be able to maintain proper circulation. When you are well hydrated, there is plenty of water available in the body, and so the amount of oxygen which can be carried around the body is at its peak. The more oxygen that is carried around the body, the more fat it will burn, since the burning of fat for energy relies on the presence of oxygen. As a side effect of this, when properly hydrated, you will have much more energy.