It is proven that adults do not get as thirsty as much as they used to as children, so a lot of adults do not keep track of how much water they take every day. However staying hydrated is very important to function properly, as well as all the cells and organs of the body hence the need for water.
Let me show you the advantage of water on your body
- Water delivers oxygen around the body
Blood is made up of more than 90% water, and it transports essential nutrients (dissolved in water) and oxygen to all regions of the body for use. It is important to meet your daily water requirements as it will improve your body circulation and benefit your overall health. you might be wondering what the appropriate daily requirement is, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine about 15.5 cups (3.7 litres) of fluids a day is required for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 litres) of fluids is required for women.
- It makes up saliva and mucus
Saliva is made up of water and it aids in food digestion as well as keeps the lips, nose, and eyes moist. Saliva also prevents friction and damage in the body. Water when consumed instead of sugary beverages, helps to keep the mouth clean by preventing tooth decay.
- It helps you lose weight
Drinking water has been associated with body fat loss and weight loss in overweight persons. While dieting and exercising, drinking more water would also help you to shed some pounds. You also can try “preloading” by drinking water before meals as this will also help reduce overeating for you.
- Helps maximize physical performance
Your physical performance may decrease if you do not stay hydrated and this is especially critical during strenuous exercise or in hot weather.
Dehydration can have a visible effect, even if you lose only about 2% of your body’s water capacity. It is also not uncommon for sportsmen to sweat off as much as 6–10 percent of their body weight.
It has also been proven that this can be prevented by optimal hydration, which may also lessen the oxidative damage that occurs during high-intensity exercise. It is interesting to know that even the muscles on the body are made up of 80% water, so ensure that you stay hydrated as you will be doing yourself great good.
- It aids in digestion
Experts have affirmed that drinking water before, during, and after a meal will assist your body break down the food more easily. It will also aid in your digestion and allow you to get the most out of your meals as it is required for optimal bowel function.
According to research, the body adapts to variations in the composition of food and stomach contents, whether more solid or more liquid.
It is important to note that dehydration can cause digestive issues, constipation, and an acidic stomach which will result in heartburn and stomach ulcers.
- It helps flush body waste
The elimination of urine, faeces and even sweat out of the body all require water.
The kidneys are responsible for removing waste from your body through urination so there is a need to ensure that there is an adequate water intake as this will aid in the proper functioning of your kidneys as dehydration over time is known to cause kidney stones.
To avoid dehydration, ensure that you consume enough water to replace what is lost during sweating, urination, and bowel movements.
Dehydration can lead to some serious issues such as swelling of the brain, passing out, kidney disease and even seizures.
- It helps regulate body temperature
During physical exercise and in hot environments(especially dry seasons), your body loses water through sweat.
It is true that sweat keeps your body cool, but if you don’t replace the water you lost, your body temperature will rise and this is because when you’re dehydrated, your body loses electrolytes and plasma. So to ensure a regulated body temperature, it is important that you stay hydrated.
- It helps maintain a healthy skin
Drinking enough water will keep your skin moisturized and may even encourage collagen development. Collagen is a major component of the skin that plays a role in strengthening the skin as well as benefits its elasticity and hydration.
Keep in mind however that drinking plenty of water isn’t enough to slow down the ageing process. If you’re exercising or live in a hotter climate, you’ll need to drink more water to avoid dehydration.
Other effects of dehydration include a negative impact on your mood as it can cause weariness, disorientation, and even anxiety. It has also been known to affect focus, alertness, and even cause short-term memory. Dehydration can also cause health issues such as constipation, kidney stones, exercise induced-asthma, urinary tract infections and even hypertension.
Keep in mind that your thirst and the colour of your urine are two major indicators of hydration. If you’re thirsty, it means your body isn’t getting enough water. Dark or coloured urine indicates that you are dehydrated while pale or colourless urine suggests that you are doing well, by staying properly hydrated.
Drinking water should be a habit borne out of necessity and should be adopted by everyone, in order to live a healthy life. As the weather becomes hotter, and the climate drier, going out with a water bottle should be a custom, in order to be healthy inside-out.