Drink Water For Healthy Life
Drink water. You hear this often, but do you know why you should?
Water is practically everywhere. From oceans, streams, and glaciers to the cells in our own bodies. Organic life on earth is based around the chemistry of oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous, and carbon. Water forms a highly useful solvent for such chemistry and it forms naturally under any conditions where such chemistry can occur. Every living thing on earth needs water to live.
Living organisms use water for different purposes in order to survive and reproduce. Plants need to stay hydrated to carry out photosynthesis. Animals need water to carry out cell activity. They have to drink water regularly to keep their bodies hydrated, digest food, and build body fluids. Even fish need water, regardless if they live in fresh or salt water. Most fish get their oxygen from water. Some rodents that live in the desert never drink water, but they get the water they need from the seeds they eat.
The average human body is 55-60% water. That depends on various factors like their fat index (BMI), sex, age, and the environment in which they live. In addition to water being in our blood, our brain and heart are 75% water, while our lungs are 83% water. Our skin contains 64% water, kidneys and muscles have 79%, and even our bones are 31% water. The majority of our body is made of water. Because of that, it is important to keep our body hydrated. We loose about two to three liters of water every day through sweat, breath, urine, and bowel movements. We must drink water to replace those losses to maintain our good health.
Drink Water. It will help you stay healthy and feel better throughout the day.
What role does water play in our bodies? Water regulates our body temperature, cushions and lubricates joints, aids digestion, transports nutrients, and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. Water is crucial for the body’s everyday, biological functions and our very survival. We have to drink water to maintain a balanced water level and avoid dehydration. But we should also avoid over-hydration. Both extremes are very dangerous and can have devastating effects on our body.
Dehydration can cause notable drops in energy, skin moisture, mood, blood pressure, and cognitive impairment. A dehydrated brain shrinks and has to work harder compared to a healthy brain. Over-hydration is usually caused by drinking too much water over a short amount of time. Athletes are susceptible to this as they try to balance their water intake with the losses from extreme physical exertion. Over-hydration can result in water intoxication that leads to headaches, vomiting, and in rare cases can result in kidney damage, seizure, or even death.
How much do we need to drink to stay healthy? The recommended daily water intake varies from 2.5 to 3.7 liters a day for men, and about 2 to 2.7 liters for women. It largely depends on our weight and our environment. It also varies depending on our health, our age, whether we are physically active or not, or if we are over-heated. Water is the healthiest beverage we can drink, but other beverages like milk, juice, coffee, and tea are also useful to replenish our body’s fluids. We should avoid alcohol and sugars in beverages whenever we can.
Our body gets about 1/5 of its daily water intake from food. Fresh fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, oranges, broccoli, and cucumbers contain around 90% water. Eating the right amounts of such food will complement the water we drink, along with providing our body with nutrients and fiber.
Drinking the right amount of water will help with concentration. Water can help control caleries. Water will help our kidneys to flush toxins out of the body and help maintain normal bowel function. Water helps keep our skin looking good. Studies have shown that drinking enough water also has long term benefits for the body. It can lower our chance of stroke, diabetes, and potentially reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
Drink water. It will help you feel better throughout the day.