Water is one of those too simple easy to be true health tips. From our foetus stage we are submerged in water, our body is composed of water, as humans we live around water. Water can be associated with heeling many health conditions whilst the lack of clean drinking water can bring disease and sickness
Since water is such an important component to our physiology, it would make sense that the quality of the water should be important as the quantity. Therefore, your drinking water should always be clean and free of contaminants. The human body is very resilient and if you treat yourself well, you will be surprised by your body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Here’s drinking to your health and achieving your goals.
Below I shall discuss some of the great benefits
Water serves as a lubricant
Water serves as a lubricant in digestion and almost all other body processes. Water assist in chewing and swallowing, ensuring that food will slide down. Water will lubricate our joints and cartilages and allows them to glide move. When dehydrated, less lubrication will equate to friction which will cause joint, knee and back pain potentially leading to injuries and arthritis
Water regulates body
Our bodies can control over-heating through perspiration from sweat glands in the skin and from evaporation which produces a cooling effect. The movement of water within our cellular systems also transports vital blood plasma which is 92% made of water. Blood plasma play a critical role in buffering the body’s pH, circulating antibodies from the immune system, and regulating osmotic balance which all helps to maintain proper body temperature.
Water removes harmful toxins from the body
Water helps our bodies remove toxins in many different ways. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body through urination and perspiration. Water helps reduce constipation and aids in bowel movements which ensures that wastes are removed quickly and regularly before they can become poisonous in the body. Drinking enough water will also lessen the burden on the kidneys and liver.
Water transports valuable nutrients to the body
Blood is about 92% water and it carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Nutrients from the food we eat are broken down in the digestive system where they become water-soluble, which means they are dissolved in water. Water allows these nutrients to pass through the capillaries within the intestinal walls to the blood and circulatory system where the valuable nutrients and oxygen can be distributed throughout the body to all the cells and organs. In addition to the daily maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the prevention of disease.
Are You Getting Enough? But how much is really enough?
Signs of Dehydration
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or tiredness
- Decreased urine output / dark colour
- Headache, dizziness, or light headedness
On average eight glasses per day will suffice. However, that might not be enough. While eight is great, amounts really need to be tailored to meet the needs of every individual.
Most adults will lose between 1 to litres of water per day by way of normal body functions. Those people who live or work in warm environments will lose more. Athletes need to drink more water to balance their bodily fluids.
Our bodies are made up of 55-70% water, but it does not replenish itself, so drinking water helps maintain that healthy balance. But even still, many will walk around dehydrated, most of the time unknowingly. That is because thirst is a poor indicator of dehydration. By the time someone gets thirsty, it is too late! Or, if one is thirsty, they may go for a beverage that does not actually replenish the body. Water is the best remedy for dehydration. If mild dehydration sets in, it can decrease one’s energy level and mental functioning and increase stress on the body. Severe dehydration can have far more damaging effects. There are three important rules when it comes to drinking water:
- Drink twice as much as it takes to quench your thirst.
- Drink frequently throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
- Drink at least eight glasses daily
- While some fruit juices and green tea may account for some fluid intake, you can count out beverages such as coffee or alcohol. They have a mild diuretic effect, which promotes urination and therefore water loss, which ultimately defeats the purpose.
The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.
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Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine