How exactly important is water and how much of it do we really need?

Life giving water

Water is a ‘life-giving’ force in every true sense of the word. It’s a well researched fact that almost 3/4th of the earth’s mass comprises of water. Same could be said of our bodies. Our body contains almost 70% water by mass which is a huge statistic in itself and goes a long way in suggesting the importance that water has in our body let alone our environment.

Water not just satiates our thirst but also provides so many vital functions for our body that we cannot even comprehend. Here we will discuss the importance of water and what exactly will happen if theres shortage of water in our body.

Water acts as a transport system for nutrients to reach different parts of our body. When we eat food and it gets broken down for energy, water inside our body acts as a carrier for these nutrients to different parts of the body.

Adequate amount of water intake enables our body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination, and defecation. The kidneys, liver and our intestines use it to flush out waste material from our body. Water acts as a natural detoxify agent, which means it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from our body.

Water also helps in softening of the stools thereby assisting in easy removal of stools from our body. Water also aids in digestion as the first stage of digestion starts in our mouth when we chew food and saliva mixes with the food. This saliva (the base o which is water itself) helps in adding enzymes to our food which in turn help in digestion process.

Water helps in regulating our body temperature in warm or cold climates. For example, when the temperature is hot, our body releases fluids through perspiration or sweat and the evaporation of this water from our skin due to heat effectively cools down our body temperature subsequently.

Water also helps in keeping the tissues in our body moist. Keeping the body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in some sensitive areas such as eyes, nose, mouth etc, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition to this, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for our joints, thereby, protecting them from everyday wear and tear.

Water may also in some cases assist people in weight loss as well. Instead of drinking sugary drinks and sodas, we should replace them with simple water. Water is thirst clenching and does not add calories like these drinks do to our body. As said earlier, water removes toxins from our body and may assist in treating constipation as well, thereby making us feel lighter and chirpier. Sometimes we go for a unhealthy snack when in truth our body is just craving for some water. Water helps us feel fuller thereby reducing our hunger pangs.

Now the amount of water we need may vary from person to person and may also depend of their daily physical routine, working/living atmosphere etc. But generally it is accepted that we should aim for at least 2-2.5 liters of water in a day per person. The amount can increase if your physical activity is more and vice versa. But there are a few things that indicate shortage of water in our system. For example, if the urine is yellow or red in color, it may signal mild to serious dehydration in the body. Also when the throat and lips feel dry, chances are your body needs more water. Chances are that your body will give you some form of signal the moment its water levels are running low.

The best way to drink water is keep sipping it at regular intervals and not gulp it in one go as we mostly do. Water may also potentially assist in prevention or reducing the risk of several diseases like colon cancer, bladder infections, breast cancer and many other disorders. Plus, its cheap or virtually free. You can drink hundreds of gallons of water for the price of a six-pack of your favorite soda.


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