Last Updated June 13th, 2021
Water, water everywhere
Of the total water reserves of the planet, human beings can only use 1% of the supply. 97% is contained in the oceans. While 2% is locked away in form of ice-caps and glaciers.
The human body is 60% water. This means more than half of your body is made up of 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen.
The popular theory that one needs to drink 8 glasses of water every day in order to maintain proper hydration levels has received much skepticism from the scientific community.It is still imperative to drink sufficient amount of water in order to continue healthy living.
It is an indelible entity of our sustenance; it regulates body temperature, helps in carrying nutrients and oxygen within the body, removes toxic waste products from the body, provides cushioning to the joints, and the list doesn’t seem to end anywhere close.
Let us look deeper into how it is involved in fundamental bodily processes and what might happen if we fail to maintain proper hydration levels.
The role of water in our body
1. Brain without water
When the smartest organ of your body is 85% water, you should be smart enough to understand that it must be crucial to cognitive and neurological functions.
As meager as a 2% drop in hydration content to force or body to enter the state of dehydration.
The moment you become dehydrated, your brain cells begin to lose their efficiency.This state directly impacts the formation of short-term and long-term memories.
It is important for conduction of electrical signals, the very basis of how our brain functions.
The brain needs roughly twice the energy required by any other organ. And this flow of energy and nutrients is made possible only through water.
The bottom line is, drink more water if you want a healthy and smart brain
2. Nourishment for the digestive system
For starters, it aids in breaking down of food molecules that makes it possible for our body to absorb nutrients effectively.
It is the component that flushes your intestines’ content and keeps it free from toxins and pathogens.
It is also important in maintaining the gut bacteria culture that helps in boosting your body’s natural immunity.
Moreover,it makes the products of excretion soft and easy to be eliminated from the system through kidneys, rectum, and even the skin (sweat glands).
Not drinking enough water could hamper the working of these organs, thus causing a gradual accumulation of toxins in the body.
A body that is not adequately hydrated is rendered incapable of flushing toxins and thus becomes a host of diseases.
3. Water and weight loss
Resting energy expenditure is the number of calories you burn when you are NOT working out.
When one exercises, he/she burns fuel reserves of the body in order to produce the energy required to do a particular physical activity.
But when one is NOT exercising, it is still possible to burn calories by keeping your metabolic processes up and running.This is where it assumes a critical role.
Studies have indicated that individuals who drink more water tend to have higher resting energy expenditure.This could aid in losing moderate levels of weight in the long run.
Drinking water before meals suppresses appetite and prevents people from overeating.When cells are supplied with sufficient nutrients via water, they are able to burn fat molecules more effectively.
Hence, it is not surprising to observe that every dietician stresses on increasing water intake for losing weight in a natural and healthy manner.
4. Goodbye wrinkles, goodbye aging
Skin cells tend to dry out faster than other cells and hence they need more moisture to maintain elasticity. Insufficient consumption could make your skin sag and wrinkles to appear sooner.
Drinking sufficient amount of water might work bigger wonders than what most commercial topical ointments could accomplish in keeping your skin young and radiant.
When your body gets dehydrated, your blood tends to thicken and in order to maintain its normal fluidity, it absorbs moisture from your skin.Thus, the first visible signs of dehydration are visible on the skin.
5. Balancing the electrolytes
It is crucial in maintaining electrolytic balance in your body.If the sodium levels rise beyond a certain point, it gets excreted through kidneys in the form of urine.
This electrolytic balance is fundamental to having a healthy flow of blood through arteries, or in other words normal blood pressure.
It is the miracle beverage that improves the working of the sympathetic nervous system and also prevents blood accumulating in the extremities of our body.
It has also proven to prevent weakness and fainting in low BP patients.
All in all, if you want to steer clear of hypertension(and you must), just add 6-8 glasses of water to your daily routine.
6. More water, more muscle-power
Much like cognition, digestion, or electrolyte-balance, physical performance and endurance are dependent on this miracle beverage.
The state of dehydration will reduce your muscles’ potential by causing shrinkage and cramps.
When your muscles are dehydrated, it automatically causes the proteins in the muscles to break down.
Now, your muscles are roughly 70% proteins in dry weight.
Thus, when dehydration happens, your muscles tend to break down rapidly.
This means nothing but weaker, more easily injured muscles.
7. Better vision
Eyes, the most valuable yet vulnerable sensory organ, need consistent lubrication for you to have the perfect vision.
With little hydration, your eyes will not be able to produce enough tears . These are necessary for removing impurities and debris from the eye.
In the absence of proper lubrication, your eyes tend to become sore and inflamed. This gives rise to a condition known as conjunctivitis.
While it may not magically increase your vision, water keeps your eyes clean and lubricated.
8. Kiss those pesky headaches away
Fatigue and chronic headaches are indications of dehydration . Scientists have strong evidence that links sipping water a noticeable reductionheadaches and migraines.
When you are dehydrated, your eyes feel tired and strained. Also, your muscles shrink and tighten up.
The net result is an episode of a severe headache or a migraine, which can be treated easily by drinking more water.
So next time you feel the nerves in your forehead throbbing or wearing out, just get yourself a glass (or two) of water.
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