Treat Yourself With Water

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Every individual needs water because being hydrated is very important to our health. Water is also essential for livestock, farming and manufacturing of many products. Water, in its pure state, is a colourless, odourless and tasteless liquid. It covers more than 70% of the earth’s surface.

Researches have shown that human body contains 5% – 78% water. This percentage is based on our body size. Also, our blood is 90 percent water. When we sweat, we lose part of our body fluids and hence the need to take water to replace the lost fluid.

Water for domestic uses, agriculture and industry is obtained from springs, lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. Water from these sources is treated to remove impurities and other undesirable compounds. This treatment is crucial to human health and allows humans to benefit from drinking and other end-use.

Water can improve our well-being in so many ways. This article summarizes what water does when we take enough of it.

It boosts energy

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that taking water (about 17oz) increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women. The boost occurs within 10 minutes but reaches a maximum 30-40 minutes after drinking. An increase in metabolism has positive impact on energy level. Having a high metabolism gives you energy and makes you feel better.

It prevents and relieves constipation

Water dilutes the food we eat and keeps it moving through the intestines. When you have limited amount of water in your body, water is reabsorbed from the colon resulting to hard stools and constipation. Constipation is when you have difficult bowel movements and difficulty passing stool. Drinking enough water can help prevent and relieve constipation, especially in people who generally do not drink enough water. Foods that have moderate amount of fibres and magnesium can also prevent constipation.  Carbonated water has also been reported to ease symptoms of constipation.

It prevents kidney stone

Drinking enough water can prevent formation of stones by diluting urine concentration, decreasing urine acidity, and taking away excess salt. The European Association of Urology guidelines suggest that daily water intake should achieve at least 2.5 L of urine volume in order to prevent kidney stones. A recent systematic review and dose–response meta-analysis from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health shows that high water intake decreases the long-term risk of kidney stone recurrence by approximately 60%.

It regulates body temperature

Body temperature can be maintained with water intake. During physical exercise or in a hot environment, our body loses fluid through sweating. This fluid contains electrolytes and plasma. As the body loses more fluid, the body become dehydrated and the body temperature increases. So when you are exercising or sweating, It is advisable you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

It prevents headache

There are cases where dehydration results to headaches and migraines. Several findings have shown that water can relieve headaches in those who are dehydrated. Other findings have shown that water has no effect on the frequency of headaches, but reduces the intensity and duration somewhat.

It prevents hangovers

Hangover is that unpalatable feeling experienced after you have taken alcohol. Since alcohol is diuretic, it makes you lose more water than you take in, thereby causing symptoms like thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth. Experts advise that drinking water in between any alcohol drink and taking a glass of water right before bed is a great way to reduce the occurrence or severity of next-morning symptoms.

It aids digestion

Drinking water before and after meal aids digestion. Water and other liquids help break down food so that the body can absorb the nutrients.

Recommended Daily Intake

The amount of water we need depends on individual needs and circumstances, including activity and climate. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 do not recommend a specific daily water or fluid intake, but they do recommend choosing plain rather than flavored water and juices with added sugar.

In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service (NHS) Choices’ page on Water and drinks says:

“Your body needs water or other fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration. That is why it is important to drink enough fluids. In climates such as the UK’s, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated. In hotter climates, the body needs more than this. We also get some fluid from the food we eat.”

Water is first and foremost medicine. Drink your way to better health.


REFERENCE

Leech, J. (2017). 7 Science-Based Health Benefits of Drinking Enough Water. Retrieved on 23rd March, 2020 from https://www.healthline.com

MacGill, M. (2018). Water: Do we really need 8 glasses a day? Retrieved on 23rd March, 2020 from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com

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