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Advantages Of Drinking Water

Updated on October 22, 2011

Water is a fundamental part of our lives. It is not easy to forget how completely we depend on it. Human survival depends on water. Water is extremely essential to life and has been ranked by experts as second only to oxygen.

Water and weight loss

Drinking water may be the most important piece to the weight loss puzzle. Water contains no calories, fat, or cholesterol and is low in sodium. It is nature's appetite suppressant, and it helps the body to metabolize fat.

Current research shows that low water intakes yield an increase in fat deposits. Conversely, a high water intake reduces the amount of fat deposits.

Without enough water, the kidneys cannot function properly. As a result, some of their workload is pushed off onto the liver, in turn preventing the liver from operating at peak levels.

How does all this tie into weight loss? Because metabolizing fat is a primary function of the liver, and because the liver can't function at peak levels when taking on the added workload from the kidneys, less body fat is metabolized and more is stored. This leads either to weight gain or reaching a plateau of weight loss.

When dieting, we restrict the calories we take in, to some degree. By doing so, we lessen the total amount of water available to our bodies since about 30 per cent of the average person's water intake comes from the food they eat. This gives us even more reason to raise our water intake.

Water and waste

During weight loss, the body has much more waste to expel in the form of metabolized fat. Since water helps digestion and rids the body of waste, it only makes sense that more water is better.

Water and body temperature

Water helps us maintain our body temperature through perspiration. Perspiration dissipates excess heat and cools our bodies. Without water, this delicate balancing act of the body is disrupted.

Water and asthma

Histamine is a major factor in regulating the way we use and distribute water. It also helps control the body's defence mechanism. Asthmatics' histamine levels increase with dehydration, mobilizing their body's defence mechanism to close down their airways. Knowing this, we can conclude that asthma could be relieved through increased water intake.

Water and the brain

Eighty five per cent of brain tissue is water. The brain is about 1/50th of the body's total weight and it uses about 1/20th of the body's blood supply. Dehydration causes energy generation in the brain to decrease. In fact, studies have linked depression and chronic fatigue syndrome with dehydration.

Water and migraines/headaches

Dehydration is a major factor in causing headaches and migraines. In times of "heat stress" migraines are often signs of dehydration. To further complicate the matter, dehydration brings on stress and stress brings on dehydration.

Water and back pain

Minimizing back pain can be as simple as hydrating your body! The water stored in your spinal disc core supports approximately 75 per cent of the upper body's weight. Your spine is dependent upon the hydraulic properties of water.

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      Haydee Anderson 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      i never had the idea that our water intake has any relation to back pains and migraines. Now I have more reason to drink more water. thanks for this valuable information.

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      Edward 8 years ago

      Very good and much needed article. We need water in so many ways, as you have pointed out. Water is all around us and is one of the lowest cost ways to help lose weight. Your point that drinking water actually increases metabolism is powerful knowledge to anyone wanting to drop off fat.

      Congrats on a timely article on an important subject.

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      Amar 8 years ago

      Very nice article, lot of useful info which I didn't know at all.

      Thanks to everyone for posting such a useful info.

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      lolo 7 years ago

      I heard that drinking too much water can actually make you gain weight is that true?

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      Claire 7 years ago

      This website is very interesting and will definatly use this information! thanks

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      yoyo 7 years ago

      thx for the info:)

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      gajanis786 7 years ago

      good information....keep it up.

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      King 6 years ago

      Am gona have a glass of water now.. lol cheerz

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      muddssar abbasi 6 years ago

      good yr its amazing..

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      Sunny  6 years ago

      It is nice article, very helpful....

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      arman 6 years ago

      its is very useful

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      Bidur parajuli 6 years ago

      Nice...i like it.

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      Longdy 6 years ago

      yes water is the good natural medicine for cure all the desease

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      Dara na sa ya 6 years ago

      Does the water can cure the stomach ache

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      Maggie 6 years ago

      Very informative!

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      GLITTER 5 years ago

      People using shapmoos and conditioners to have perfect hair. They are bascily dork .In some limits it is useful .They should drink water because drinking more water will make there hair look gorgeous and pretty shiny too .They will forget all the chemicals which they use every single day.

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      amanda_king 5 years ago

      I really believe about this breakthrough or solution of good health on how important is hydration or taking excess fluid. It was really true because i've been undergoing a lot of degenerative diseases like stress, insomnia, gout, ADHD, constipation and a lot more. But after imbibing or replenish this universal solvent it gradually alleviates or lessen the manifestation of symptoms. Thanks a lot it did not demand a bulk of denominations or pricey to get sick... bye for now..

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      Fasil 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information which is extremely valuable!!

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      ABCD 5 years ago

      Good information in brief.

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      mystery 5 years ago

      this is a good resource

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      Donati 5 years ago

      It iformation, of wareater is more than medicine, tretment of many deseases.

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      rhea 5 years ago

      goood information...i was't knowing by consuming more water hairs will become shiny and gorgeous....nice

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      ramesh.d 5 years ago

      lolo, Don't drink lots of water. It's better to have 5-6 liters per day and at a time you can drink up to 2 liters of water.

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      Jeff 5 years ago

      Nice article am frm asmatic family since i started taking lot of water i have no chest pain thanks

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      prathyusha 5 years ago

      nice information

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      prathyusha 5 years ago

      i like it

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      sandhu 5 years ago

      drink lots of water.it's healthy.

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      Che 5 years ago

      I WILL DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER FROM NOW ON.=))))))

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