Water is a basic necessity of life when it comes to cooking, cleaning, industrial purposes, washing, and the list goes on. Drinking water is just as important as breathing. An average person is estimated to stay alive without water for about 3-4 days. This liquid holds immense significance when it comes to our health. You wouldn’t really pay attention to the health benefits of this tasteless, transparent drink unless you delve deeper into its usefulness.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
Here are some reasons that will convince you to drink more water:
Water loss in our body
Our body is about 60-70% water. Water is present in the form of different body fluids like our tears, sweat, urine, saliva, and water particles that are even present in the air we exhale.
Let’s have a look at the uses of water in our body
- It makes up most of the cell’s mass
- Medium for metabolic reactions to take place
- A key component of blood and tissue fluid
- Transportation medium for dissolved substances
- Hydrolysis reaction
Constantly our body is losing water one way or another, to maintain fluid balance it is crucial to increase our water intake. This means we are replacing the water lost from our bodies by drinking more water. You can simply drink water, eat fruits and vegetables which contain water like cucumber, cantaloupe, strawberries, or you can drink fresh juices.
Ladies and gentlemen, you should start considering water as a skincare product in your skincare routine right now. Water is known for its unmatched hydration properties, this hydration is also very important for your skin. No one likes flakey, dry skin(which happens because of dehydration) but no worries water can fix that. As water hydrates your skin this brings a sheer glow and can make the youthfulness of your skin last longer by preventing wrinkles and dryness.
Kidneys play a major part in cleansing your body by flushing out waste products, toxins, and excess fluids. Toxins like urea are transported out of the body in the form of urine. Water acts as a solvent here. If your body is properly hydrated the urine flow would be better whereas if you don’t the color of your urine becomes darker as it is more concentrated. The prolonged effects of this lead to kidney stones which are then needed to be surgically removed.
It helps regulate temperature
The temperature of your body is regulated by a process called hemostasis. Water plays a major part in this process. Is sweat water? You may ask and the answer is yes, 99 % of the sweat is water. Sweating is a way of losing body fluid which is basically water. When the environmental temperature is high, sweat is secreted on your skin which evaporates from the skin surface and cools down your body. During exercise, it is advised to drink water early and in breaks to make up for the fluids lost by sweating.
Helps in constipation
Water is as important for your bowel movement as fiber is. Together they ensure smooth movement of the bowel along the intestinal tract. When there’s a low water percentage in your body, not enough water is present in the stools you pass. As it passes through the colon water is absorbed to maintain hydration in the colon. This causes a painful pull when you try to pass stool resulting in constipation, this is why water is not only important for digestion but also for assimilation.
Acts as a lubricant and shock absorber
The synovial fluid which helps in lubrication of our joints is made up of water. This helps in not only the flexibility of our joints but also ensures frictionless movements. The shock-absorbing feature of your joints is ensured if you stay hydrated, this also means there’s no joint pain. During the early stages(first 12 weeks) of pregnancy amniotic fluid mainly comprises of water which acts as a shock absorber for the fetus and provides it with mechanical protection. Although during the course of pregnancy it’s concentration changes and other nutrients are added it is always favorable to stay hydrated during pregnancy.
If you are a person who does more physical activity than the average person of the same age as you this is your wake-up call to start drinking more water. In the summertime, don’t let the beautiful blue skies, warm weather, and vacations distract you from drinking more water because with the outdoor activities you will surely need that.