The Benefits of drinking water

What's the best beverage for all the seasons?

Forget your favorite drinks, it's nothing but Good Old Ice Cold Water! Water has the power to revitalize, detoxify and oxygenate the skin.

It's always a good idea to carry a bottle of water when you're out on the road, even if you feel it adds a bit to the weight of your bag. "Water", You need to get enough, rather than staying with the saying that you need to gulp down eight glasses of the liquid a day as a mere guideline, the recent studies had found out that it's nothing but another nutrition.

So don't put your water bottle or glass down just yet, though we may not need eight glasses, there are plenty of reasons to drink water. Recent researchers now tout water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods, all of them combined together are essentials to replace the large amount of water lost each day.

Starting with the skin, " the right amount of water is necessary for the skin's elasticity and suppleness. Even without sweating the body is losing water through the skin and this needs to be replaced. Otherwise skin cells become dry, crack, peel and change colour. Water has the power to hydrate, revitalise, detoxify and oxygenate the skin. Increased warm water intake regulates the excess oil present in an ' acne-prone' skin. Constipation due to low water intake as we all know leads to raised toxin levels and therefore a dull skin that easily breaks out into pimples".

Water helps your body's fluid balance:

The school level biology that you learned will tell you that your body is composed of about 60 percent water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

Get yourself Hydrated:

Have a glass of water with every snack and meal. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk or in your bag.

Water helps to keep calories in check:

Water has no calorific value. It is the best liquid to rehydrate yourself. When you drink your favourite drinks, you actually feel thirsty later as it contains sugar which your body will need to dilute. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy while water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie drinks certainly helps.

Helps in keeping your kidney's cool:

A very recent study stated that the instance of gall bladder problems and kidney stones increases during the summer when the body secretes more moisture. " If there isn't enough water to help your kidneys do their job, you have an acidic environment that builds up internally, think of water as lubricant for your body. Cold water is even better as it absorbs internal heat. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine".

Water and Exercise

Our body consists of 60 to70 percent of water, it is the fundamental need for the body to keep all metabolic functions intact. Water regulates the body temperature and distributes heat evenly throughout the body, especially during exercise. During exercise or any muscular activity the body produces more heat. When muscles are heated it affects their performance by slowing down the activity of metabolic enzymes, which are needed to regenerate ATP from creatine and to produce energy form glucose, amino acids and fatty acids. If the temperature rises unchecked, it could permanently damage vital enzymes. If the rise in body temperature is extreme, to disperse and combat the heat stress, the blood flow to the skin increase. Consequently the active muscles receive less blood, oxygen and nutrients, which could affect muscle metabolism.

Thirst is the late indicator of water requirement. Vigorous exercise could delay the thirst mechanism even further. You must drink water periodically while exercising to replace lost fluids.Only when we maintain the basic body temperature while exercising the energy producing pathways that fuel the muscles to perform at their best, and to protect all internal organs and systems. Moreover during exercise due to excess of heat we sweat a lot, if the lost water through sweat is not replenished, it could lead to dehydration. Dehydration causes symptoms sch as tiredness, headaches and loss of concentration. Left unnoticed it may lead to health problems such as constipation and kidney stones and also you are at risk of heat exhaustion.

The water requirement of athletes is greater because they have more muscle mass and greater metabolic demands.Only after losing a couple of liters of water, do they feel thirsty, so its always safe to consume water freely and replace lost amounts, at regular intervals. Drink some before exercise and some during and after your finish exercising.

A simple way to keep track of water requirement of your body, is if your urine is pale in color and you are urinating every two hours, you are doing well, if your urine is yellow in color and you are urinating only few times a day, it5 means you are not drinking adequate water.

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Water Great hub here:)

I love water and am drinking it right now! cheers!;)

Why people do not drink more of it i dont know as its free and one of the best liquids in the world for a healthy body!


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eswar 8 years ago from India Author

May be because it comes free the worth of it is not felt, they should not forget that Nature is equipped with always the best of the best solutions for our needs and for our health, problems. Thanks compu - smart, you are always very smart:-)


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

I drink water not JUST because of all the good points, but purely because which you mentioned about our bodys composed of about 60 percent water! surely thats enough of a reason!

:)


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eswar 8 years ago from India Author

That's right. Thanks for your comments compu.


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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

Great advice! I pretty much only drink water and I feel so much better for it.


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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

I always make sure that I drink plenty of water everyday. I find it helps me not only feel better but it also helps me keep the weight off!!!! Enjoyed your article!!!


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natureheals 7 years ago from Canada

Great information. The chart of sign of dehydration really help me to indentify the severity of symptom. Thank you! :D

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