On a scale of 1 to 10, how much would you say you take in any form of fluids daily? And out of that amount how much would you say is water? We go through our days so busily at times that we don’t even stop to eat much less to drink water maybe it’s the plain nature of water why drinking enough each day is not at the top of most of our to do lists.
But let’s change that, here are some fun facts on drinking water:
- Our bodies are made up of 60 percent water, and our blood is 90 percent
- It is essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions.
- Dehydration causes the skin to become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.
- Substituting water instead of soda can help with weight loss.
- Proper functioning cells and organs of the body need water
Let’s look at some of those points in details:
Joint Lubrication as they are contain cartilage that are around 80 percent water. Over time dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.
It forms saliva that helps us digest our food, and keeps the mouth, nose, and eyes moist. This prevents friction and damage. Drinking water also keeps the mouth clean and prevent tooth decay.
It delivers oxygen throughout the body. As oxygen is transported through the blood which carries it to different parts of the body.
It boosts skin health and beauty since without it, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues and is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Did you know that prolonged dehydration can lead to overthinking and irrational reasoning?
It regulates body temperature when it is stored in the middle layers of the skin, and comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body.
The digestive system depends on it, as the bowels needs water to work properly. Lack of water can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. This then increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.
It flushes body waste through the processes of sweating and removal of urine and feces.
It helps maintain blood pressure as a lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure.
The airways need it as when the body is dehydrated the airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
It makes minerals and nutrients accessible as they dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body.
It prevents kidney damage, since the kidney regulates fluid in the body. Less water can lead to kidney stones and other kidney related problems.
It boosts performance during exercise, as have been proposed by some scientist, who sated that consuming more water might enhance performance during strenuous activity. Not enough research is there to support this, but one review found that dehydration reduces performance in activities lasting longer than 30 minutes.
Weight loss, if it is consumed instead of sweetened juices and sodas or if you drink a glass before meals, this can help prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness.
It reduces the chance of a hangover through drinking unsweetened soda water with ice and lemon between alcoholic drinks to help prevent over consumption.
Prevents kidney damage as it dissolves minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body. It also helps remove waste products, which are the leading causes of kidney stones and UTI.
Prevents dehydration since it happens if we use and lose more water than the body takes in. This can also 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.
During every day functioning, water is lost by the body, and this needs to be replaced. We notice that we lose water through activities such as sweating and urination, but water is lost even when breathing. Water, whether from the tap or a bottle, is the best source of fluid for the body. A general agreement on what a healthy fluid intake is would be where the 8 ounces by 8 glass rule applies, with fresh fruits, vegetables and all non-alcoholic fluids adding towards the equation.
Drink plenty of water when:
- you have a fever
- the weather is hot
- you have diarrhea and vomiting
- if you sweat a lot