Benefits Of Drinking Water Daily
One of the many natural resources of Earth is Water. It is absolutely vital for good health as, next to air, it is the key factor to our survival. All living beings on this planet would have perished if there was no water. There are many benefits of drinking water everyday. Did you know that the human brain is composed of nearly 90% of water?
Studies show than an estimated seventy-five percent of Americans have mild to chronic dehydration. It's unfortunate especially because water is available in abundance. We simply do not realize the benefits of drinking water and ignore the many signs of possible dehydration. Our body cannot function without it, just like you cannot drive a car without gas or oil.
How low levels of water affects our body:
- Dry mouth and skin
- Eyes stop making tears
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excess fatigue & lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations
- Risk of colon, bladder & breast cancer
...to name a few.
Water is the base for saliva and for the fluids that surround the joints. Water also helps in regulating the body's temperature and aids in blood circulation. Water also helps in the digestion and absorption of the food we eat, and for the movement of the food through the intestines and finally the elimination of waste. Water is often the most talked about subjects when it comes to losing excess weight as it helps in the regulation of our metabolism and flushing out the harmful toxins in our body.
Medical studies have also revealed that when you drink more water, it dilutes the concentration of cancerogenic agents in the urine and that eventually prevents bladder cancer. Drinking plenty of water along with fiber-rich foods also prevents colon cancer. There is also medical evidence that drinking a minimum of eight cups of water prevents breast cancer.
How much water should we drink everyday?
There are many approaches to help us decide on how much water should we intake. Each day we lose water through our breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For our body to function properly, we must replenish its water levels by consuming foods and beverages that contain water.
On average, an adult's urine output is about 1.5 liters a day and about an additional one liter is lost through breathing, sweating, and bowel movements. Food usually provide for up to 20% of your total fluid intake, hence if you drink around 2 liters of water a day along with your normal diet, the lost fluids can be replaced. However, in the case of intense exercise, excess activity, illness or health conditions like diarrhea, fever, kidney stones etc; it is important to increase the recommended daily intake to around 2.5 to 3 liters or more.
Additionally, the Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women must drink 2.3 liters of fluids daily and those who breast-feed must consume around 3.1 liters to replenish the loss of fluids and to help generate more milk for the baby.
Finally, some of the greatest rewards of consuming decent amounts of fluids, to name a few, are:
- that you'll feel more alert and fresh;
- your skin would be clearer and may even glow;
- you will feel more relaxed when your 'good mood' hormones are hydrated;
- you may even find it easier to lose any excess weight;
- and last but not the least, you would be less susceptible to a host of illnesses.
So why not grab yourself a glass of water right away? Cheers!
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