A normal human adult is around 60% water. Water is an important ingredient which is needed for the body to function optimally. It regulates the cells, lymph, blood and glandular secretions. If we do not drink enough water, it affects cell activity and can cause dehydration, muscle cramps, irritability, fatigue etc. Water is lost by the body during the normal course of functioning and this needs to be replaced. We lose water not just through sweating and urination but even when we breathe! According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an adequate intake for men is approximately 3 liters a day and for women around 2.2 liters.
Drinking water first thing in the morning helps regulate stomach acid.
Water helps to boost energy and also prevents the onset of many diseases. It flushes out toxins and improves blood circulation.
Water is extremely important for a healthy heart. Dehydration can lead to elevated cholesterol and blood pressure as the blood becomes thicker and the flow is affected when the body is dehydrated. Enough amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively.
If you are trying to lose weight, drinking water before a meal helps one feel fuller.
Dehydration can also cause lethargy and tiredness. Water helps the blood to transport oxygen and essential nutrients to the cells.
Since 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water, if you don’t drink enough water, both your body as well the mind are stressed. You can keep stress levels at bay by sipping water throughout the day. Don’t wait till you feel thirsty because if you are thirsty, the body has already begun getting dehydrated.
Water is an essential lubricant which keeps the joints going. It also prevents muscle cramping.
Wanna look younger? Drink plenty of water. Lack of enough water causes the body to sag and wrinkles and fine lines show up more when dehydrated.
Drinking water hydrates skin cells and makes one look younger. It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow and makes the skin glow.
Water is important for healthy digestion. It helps dissolve waste particles and passes them gently through the digestive tract. Dehydration causes the body to absorb all the water, and makes the colon dry which makes it more difficult to pass waste. Water along with fibre helps prevent constipation.
The reason behind formation of kidney stones is, more often than not, due to not drinking enough water. The risk of kidney stones goes down if you drink enough water as stones cannot form in diluted urine. Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals - kidney stones. Urinary tract infections’ risk is higher when a person drinks less water.
One can exercise longer if water is had in enough quantities. A well hydrated person can work out more effectively and the heart does not have to work hard to pump blood and oxygen and other essential nutrients can be transported easily and more efficiently to the muscles during a work-out.
Dehydration can also lead to hyperventilation syndrome.
Water helps regulate body temperature.
Water has zero calories. Drink water as often as you can to beat not just thirst but a host of other problems too. Water may actually be your elixir.