Water is another one of God’s amazing creations through which you get benefits on a daily basis. Not only do we need it for a healthy lifestyle, also 70% of our body comprises of water.
But there are many myths associated to the consumption of water. For example, the idea that an individual needs to drink eight glasses of water every day to stay healthy is a false, you don’t need that much water. However, a constant intake of this fluid is still very much necessary.
Nephrologist Steven Guest, MD signifies the importance of water by saying,
“Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health.”
Here we’ll describe some benefits on how important water is for our bodies:
BODY FLUID EQUILIBRIUM
The intake of water helps to maintain body fluid equilibrium, which is greatly essential for a productive body functioning. When we talk about body functioning, the aspect of digestion, absorption and circulation are very important and water is the main ingredient which assists these physiological phenomena.
It’s been one of the most practiced remedies all over the world that increased water intake helps one control ones calorie intake. Yes, it does but it doesn’t magically happen. The science behind this mostly involves the intake of foods which are high in water content like oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, broths etc. These types of foods digest slowly in the body, making one feel full for most of the day.
It’s not just tea and coffee that opens our eyes. Water plays a similar role with no side-effects. It hydrates you, hence resulting in an open and active mind.
Water removes free radicals and washes out the toxins. This hydration removes fine lines and wrinkles from the skin.
IMPORTANT FOR KIDNEYS
The main toxin in blood is urea of nitrogen. Increased amount of water helps dilute it and helps the kidney in removing it. This is why when you drink more water the urine is lighter in colour, and during dehydration it’s dark orange or even brown. Chronic dehydration can cause kidney stones.
PREVENTION OF CONSTIPATION
Water keeps things flowing – and by things, I mean things in the colon. Water makes stool softer making it easier to move. Fibre and dead cells make the stool harder.
Water washes away toxins that accumulate in the pores of the skin. It controls the production of sebum from sebaceous glands by keeping them cool. This keeps the skin clean and clear.
You often hit the gym and work out really hard there. However, you end up pulling a muscle, getting a cramp and eventually are forced to stay at home. This is because when the muscles are short on water, they become tight. This makes them difficult to move and grow.
Water carries ions like calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium etc that are important to carry-out nerve impulse or any muscle movement. It’s also important to control the flow of hormones and enzymes. A balance of electrolyte also maintains function of heart and kidneys.
Making fruits like peaches, watermelon, cucumber and apples a part of your diet increases the water intake as well as electrolyte balance. Vegetables like celery, spinach and tomatoes also increase your water content without actually drinking any water.
Stay hydrated everyone!