What is the Importance of Drinking Water?
Intaking enough water, or staying hydrated every day, is the first rule of health and nutrition. Our bodies are made up of 60% water and that being dehydrated can begin to affect us both physically and mentally. This is why our bodies can supposedly last weeks without food and yet just less than a week without water.
Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluids through the foods that you eat. For example, broth soups and foods with high water content such as celery, tomatoes, or melons can contribute to fluid intake.
The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems. However, drinking 3.7 liters of water every day is generally recommended. These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages, and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.
Here are some evidence-based health benefits of drinking plenty of water:
It lubricates the joints:
Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body’s temperature. It keeps the tissues in your body moist. Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in the sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. Additionally, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.
It supplies oxygen throughout the body:
Blood is more than 90 percent water, and blood carries helpful nutrients and oxygen to your entire body. Reaching your daily water intake will improve your circulation and have a positive impact on your overall health.
It regulates body temperature and blood pressure:
Staying hydrated is very crucial to maintaining your body temperature. Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat during physical activity and in hot environments. As your sweat evaporates, it cools the body, but your body temperature will shoot if you don’t replenish the water you lose. It’s quite simple, the more you sweat, the more you drink water. Also, a lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure.
It boosts performance during exercise:
Water plays a great role in maximizing your workout performance. Drinking plenty of water during physical activity is essential. Evidently hydration affects your strength, power, and endurance. You may be more susceptible to the effects of dehydration if you’re participating in martial arts training in MMA spats and rash guard or in MMA shorts.
It boosts skin health and beauty:
Your skin contains lots of water and acts as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Drinking plenty of water hydrates skin cells and helps in keeping the skin bright. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes your skin, and increases the elasticity of your skin. It also flushes out impurities, helping your skin glow. With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
It flushes body waste:
It helps excrete waste and toxins through urination, sweat, and bowel movements. The toxins are the unused junk that’s leftover, and our bodies need to remove this waste. Enough fluids must be present in your body for that to happen. If you don’t your kidneys won’t work as effectively, and the toxins can aid in becoming kidney stones.
The digestive system depends on it:
Water helps prevent constipation because it helps to ‘keep things moving’ in the digestive system, and so staying hydrated can help prevent constipation in children, adults, and the elderly. Water dissolves waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract.
Water may also help with weight loss if it is consumed in place of sweetened juices and sodas. “Preloading” with water before meals helps you lose weight by acting as an effective appetite suppressant so you will feel fuller and eat less.
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