Water is one of the earth most abundant natural resources, comprising of 71% of the earth surface, it can be gotten from different sources, from the sky when it falls as rain, from the earth when it springs forth. It is an essential element of life on earth and making up two-thirds of the human body; it can easily be said that water is life.
There are so many benefits attributed to this life-giving drink, that is made up of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. It is fat-free, cholesterol free, additives free and so many other things can be said about this natural resource in all its splendour and usefulness.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATER TO THE BODY
The importance of water can never be overstated, not only to the human body in which it consists of 95% of the brain, 82% of the blood and 90% of the lungs but also to humankind in general.
Water helps in digestion
The saliva found in the mouth, which is made up of water, starts the digestion process in the body. The saliva houses enzymes that help break down the food and other substances we take. Water also aids in digestion, for the smooth passage of food through the oesophagus, water also serves as a medium for carrying oxygen and other nutrients around the body. Water also helps us digest soluble fibre, making it dissolve quickly and quicken bowel movements.
Water keeps you hydrated
The body loses fluids when one engages in vigorous activities, like exercise, through sweating, that’s why it is impossible to replenish your body’s natural water levels to replace lost fluids. Doctors recommend it, that one should drink more fluids to help treat other health conditions, like kidney stones and bladder infections, pregnant and nursing mothers should consult their doctors about their intake because their bodies will be using more fluid than usual. Water quenches thirst, prevents dehydration and thus ensures our survival.
Water helps in Protection of Your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints
Water keeps the tissues in your body moist. Water keeps the body hydrated by helping to retain optimum levels of moisture in your sensitive areas like your eyes, nose, and mouth. Water is also a major component of the blood, bones, and the brain, so it is needed for these tissues to work at optimal level. Also, water helps to protect the spinal cord, and it also acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.
Water Helps Your Body Remove Waste products
Sufficient water intake enables your body to excrete waste through sweating, urinating and emptying of the bowels. Your kidneys and liver make use of water to help remove body waste, as do your intestines.
Among the so many other numerous functions and benefits it also serves as a beauty enhancing tool. By flushing toxins away from your body, water gives you this youthful, hydrated glow, and it also helps you have beautiful nails and lustrous hair, and assists in the regulation of body temperature.
How much water is enough for the body?
With so many things being said about the elixir of life called water, you get to ask yourself If you drink water regularly and tap into its amazing goodness of removing harmful toxins from our bodies, leaving you with beautiful skin, hair and well functioning body all around. It is recommended that one drinks water before and after meals, first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. It is recommended that you drink Eight glasses of water per day as the required daily intake, but now experts say that two-thirds of the body weight of an individual should be used to determine the quantity of water intake for an individual. For you to know that your water level is okay, check your urine if it’s pale and clear, you are good.
Signs your water level is down
It is true that we all drink water every day, but do we drink enough? One need not only drink enough water to quench thirst, but one needs to replace the fluids you lose daily through your body activities like skin evaporation, passing out urine and waste products and also from breathing. There are some symptoms that one might experience during the day, and one might get scared and call his doctor if that luxury is open to you, but those symptoms could be as a result of not enough water intake. A mere 2% drop in the water composition of the body triggers signs of dehydration, leads to fuzzy short-term memory, having trouble with basic math, difficulty focusing on the small print on the computer screen, skin becomes dry, your urine becomes darker, your headaches, you feel dizzy and fatigued.
When you notice these signs, you should quickly get yourself hydrated with water, nature has given it to us freely, it would save most of us trips and calls to the hospital, and with all the many health and beauty benefits, don’t know why you would want to miss out on this drink. If you don’t like how it tastes, in its natural state, then you could spice up the taste by adding slices of lemon or lime, a few sprigs of fresh mint or a cucumber or orange slice. Whatever gets you to drink it.
Here’s a glass to life!
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