Why is water good for you?
Water is practically everywhere, from soil moisture and ice sheets, to cells within our own bodies. Depending on factors such as location, fat index, age and sex, the average human has between 55 and 60% water. At birth, our babies are even wetter. With 75% water, they are very similar to fish. But their water composition drops to 65% by the first birthday. Seventy-two percent of our body’s muscles are made of itand our body really needs much more of it than that to function properly on a regular basis.
The H2O in our bodies works to cushion and lubricate the joints, regulate the temperature and nourish the brain and spinal cord. It is not only in our blood, but our brain and heart are almost three quarters of water. That is roughly equivalent to the amount of moisture in a banana. Our lungs are more similar to an 83% apple. And basically, dry human bones have 31% of it.
Why is it important to drink water?
Well, every day we lose two to three litters through our sweat, urine and bowel movements, and even just by breathing. While these functions are essential for our survival, we must compensate for the loss of fluids. Maintaining a balanced level is essential to avoid dehydration or over-hydration, which can have devastating effects on overall health.
When we have a migraine or headache there’s an inflammation and it can be inflamed for many different reasons. But if we give it water, it actually has something to pull from and work with. And without water, it’s just pulling from its own resources which are already inflamed.
The same with backache, if you have arthritis or joint or muscle fatigue, what happens is that there is no lubrication. So, it acts as lubricant in order for systems to move properly.
It can actually help with certain types of diabetes because it helps your liver, and it helps you process how much bile and insulin is going out into your system.
Drinking well have various long-term benefits and studies have shown that optimal hydration can lower the chance of stroke, help manage diabetes, and potentially reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. No matter what, getting the right amount of liquid makes a world of difference in how we will feel, think, and function day to day.
How much water does your body need?
Although we have numerous drink options in every market, but none of them nourishes our bodies and quenches our thirst like water. It’s so important that every cell in the body depends on it to function normally, but most other drinks are full of sugar, artificial colour, and simply leave you wanting more. Fortunately, it is easy to find and much cheaper than any other drink, making it our number one choice depending on your activity.
“Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is important to stay hydrated.”
Below are three fun ways to incorporate water into your life, so it is as exciting as any other drink you might be tempted to buy.
- Firstly, you can add some colour by adding lemon to this water, as well as brightening the glass, but also adding some flavour.
- You can make it bubbly by drinking carbonated form, because it mimics unsweetened soda or additives.
- And finally, you can carry a fun bottle, because it is much easier to drink water if you have a bottle right in front of you. A reusable bottle is not only more sustainable but encourages consumption every time you are bored or have a free time.
Long term benefits of drinking water.
Drinking well have various long-term benefits. And studies have shown that optimal hydration can lower the chance of stroke, help manage diabetes, and potentially reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. No matter what, getting the right amount of liquid makes a world of difference in how we will feel, think, and function day to day.
I hope that this encourages you to exchange your sugary drinks for your water. Because that is what will really quench your thirst. Because it provides the hydration your body requires. More thought on this at the end of the next section.
What happens if you didn’t Drink water?
Maintaining a balanced level is very important to avoid dehydration or over-hydration. Both of which can have devastating effects on our health.
When low level of water is detected in our body, signals are sent to our brain, and it releases hormone anti-diuretic. When this reaches our kidneys, aquaporins the special channels that enable blood to absorb and retail more water are created. This can lead to concentrated dark urine.
Effects of dehydration and over-hydration.
Increased dehydration causes notable drops in energy, mood, skin moisture and blood pressure, along with cognitive impairment. Dehydrated brain has to work much harder works than the dehydrated brain. So, to accomplish the same results and it makes brain shrink temporary because of lack of water.
As name suggests it is caused by over consumption of water in a short amount of time. But athletes are often the victims of over-hydration because of complications in regulating H2o levels in extreme physical conditions.
The dehydrated brain increases anti-diuretic hormone production, but the over-hydrated brain decreases or even stops, releasing it into the blood. In our the body sodium electrolytes are diluted, causing the cells to swell. And in severe case the kidneys cannot keep up with the resulting volumes of diluted urine.
Water intoxication can possibly cause headache, vomiting and in some cases even seizures. In our normal routine it is fairly easy to maintain well-hydrated system because we are fortunate enough to have access to clean drinking water.
Earlier I shared the conventional wisdom, which is that we should drink eight glasses daily. But the new and upcoming fine-tuned consensus is that, the amount of water we need depends largely on our weight and environment. The recommended daily intake varies from between 2.5-3.7 litres for men and about 2-2.7 litres for women. A range that can be pushed up or down.
Be mindful of your water intake, for more on mindfulness please check this article.