4 Important Health Benefits of Water

Water is life, as we cannot live without water. Human body contains approximately 70% of water. Water is required in all cells, organs, as well as for most of the chemical reactions taking place inside human body. Hence, the importance of water in human body is incomparable. Water is lost in the process of digestion, through sweating, breathing etc. and you need to rehydrate your body by eating foods (all foods contain water) and by drinking water and other liquids. Water is also essential for body temperature regulation.

Health benefits of water include,

Water prevent your body from dehydration:

Dehydration is loss of body fluid with water and electrolytes. Severe dehydration, if not corrected promptly by intravenous fluid may even lead to death. We become dehydrated during strenuous exercise, sweating in hot and humid weather, due to diarrhea and vomiting and high fever. If you are losing water (and electrolytes) due to these reasons, it is important you replace the lost water in time to prevent dehydration. Drink more water during summer season.

Water is essential for digestion:

Digestion process starts in oral cavity with the aid of saliva, which is mostly made of water. The digestive enzymes secreted by the body is also mainly contain water. Water dissolves fibers present in diet and make the bulk of the stool. If you do not drink adequate water your digestion will be not proper and you may also suffer from constipation. However, drinking more water cannot solve problem of constipation, although inadequate water intake may cause constipation.

Water help to remove waste from your body:

Intake of adequate water help your body to remove body wastes through perspiration, urine, and defecation. Intestine, kidneys and liver use water to flush out harmful products from body.

Water protects your joints, tissues and spinal cord:

Water is not only useful to quench your thirst; it is also useful for protection of your tissues, joints as well as spinal cord. It keeps all your tissues well hydrated and in optimal condition for their optimal function. Water is essential for skin health. Lack of water may make your skin lusterless and less shiny.

How much water per day?

The question is not simple to answer. Various studies on this question reveals different answers. Different authorities provide different answer and makes it difficult for common people to decide how much water per day is right. As a rule of thumb, drink more water during summer and if you do more physical work. If you are sedentary worker, drink when you are thirsty or drink a glass of water every few hours. The right amount of water for you should be decided by yourself.

 

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