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Eight Benefits of Drinking Clean Water Each Day
Plenty of water all around us
Isn’t it strange that two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered with water? Are we aware that two thirds of our body mass comprises watery substances? Does this in any way spell out the significance of water in our lives? It is inevitable that we cannot survive without water. It is not surprising to observe how NASA is spending trillions of dollars to find out any traces of water on outer planets. Not all locations on the earth’s surface have adequate supplies of water. Some people have adequate supplies of clean water, while others don’t. Some communities have to desalinate salty sea water in order to have clean water on their tables. Other people have many big rivers from which they get their supply of fresh water. Do you ever imagine how desert dwellers get their supply of clean water each day?
Water is therefore a very precious commodity in our lives, whose significance cannot be overlooked. The conservation of water catchment areas should be a priority in every community in the world with a view to ensuring a steady and continuous supply of clean water for our daily use. This raises the important issue of conserving our environment.
Recently, engineers in Lima, Peru manufactured a water generation machine to address the perennial shortage of clean water in the town. Residents were falling sick frequently as a result of consuming contaminated water. There was an urgent need to source clean water to arrest the rapid spread of diseases in town. Town engineers sat down and manufactured a machine that simply sucks moisture from the air using a huge contraption located on the edge of a busy highway, which results in city dwellers having a clean glass of drinking water on their table. This innovation has helped in also reducing the incidence of water-borne diseases.
Our bodies have inbuilt sensors that strive to regulate the amount of water our bodies require at every single moment. When critical levels are attained, signals are sent to alert you to fill up, if life has to be sustained. It is common knowledge that, where there is water, there is life. Water is therefore necessary for life. There are many reasons as to why we need to consume water each day. Some of the reasons have been highlighted below.
Replenishing the amount of water in the body
A considerable proportion of the human body consists of watery substances. The average quantity of water in our bodies is approximately 60 percent of the body’s weight. This is evidence to the fact that our lives are hinged upon a good supply of water, which must be replenished consistently for survival. This condition also applies to most living creatures, thereby spelling out the role that water plays in our lives.
Our bodies get rid of a lot of water each day especially during work, walking, exercises and many other activities. Thirst is a natural indicator of our physiological need for water which is triggered by dehydration. Re-hydration requires drinking adequate supplies of clean water in order to quench thirst, which eliminates the urge to take more water. Thirst can be quenched by drinking beverages, consuming watery fruits, carbonated drinks etc. There are people who prefer sweetened or flavored water, which can be found in super markets. However, the best way of quenching thirst is by drinking pure water. You don’t have to worry about any side effects that come with processed drinks. A glass of pure water goes a long way towards eliminating thirst.
Fighting headaches and migraines
Many are the times when we are rudely jolted out of a peaceful slumber. Barely have we woken up than we bend over in an attempt to contain a splitting headache that goes on and on. A throbbing headache or migraine can be a nag in our daily lives. We often find ourselves rushing to the medicine cabinet for that pain killer. One remedy to migraines and headaches that physicians will advise is a splash of cool water followed with a drink of pure clean water. In cases where the headache persists after the water treatment, it is necessary to consult a doctor.
Headaches are often obvious indicators of other medical conditions that require serious attention. A persistent headache shouldn't be ignored or treated lightly. Do not just take a pain killer and imagine the problem has been solved. Our persistent ingestion of pain killers to arrest an equally persistent headache simply postpones the treatment of a medical condition which you actually need to diagnose. Where hydrotherapy fails, seek medical attention.
Moisturizing the skin
Dry skin looks parched and flaky enough to lead to a molt. A good intake of water lubricates our bodies to ease the movement of body fluids. The increase in moisture in the skin makes it supple, radiant and healthy looking.
Flushing the alimentary canal
Our bodies take in foods which have to be washed down into our digestive canals in readiness for digestion. The entire digestion requires plenty of water. After extracting necessary nutrients from the food we eat, the system needs to expunge waste. Water comes in handy when we need to flush our alimentary canal, stomach and intestines. Water therefore eases bowel movements.
Improving ones’ metabolic processes
The intake of foods, water and nutrients help in balancing our physical and chemical composition for the smooth functioning of biological processes as our bodies convert food into useful forms that aid physical development, change and growth. Metabolic processes have to be lubricated by water efficiently if the human body is to operate at optimal levels, failure to which the system is doomed to collapse. Water therefore plays a significant role in aiding metabolism.
Relieving pains in joints just like pain killers
Have you ever tried fasting for more than three days? The fourth day of a fast produces pains and aches in our joints. An ache in the joints could be as a result of a shortage of water in our bodies. A single glass of water goes a long way towards alleviating such pains. It is recommended that a fast should be accompanied with fresh drinks of plain water to ease pains and keep the system clean by washing out toxins.
Cooling our body temperature
A few years back, I realized the weather was edging towards critical levels by observing animal behavior. I saw a dog lying in a pool of water. Dogs rarely do this, and will go to great lengths to keep their fur dry. Nothing cools our bodies faster than a splash in cold water. We are often tempted to splash our bodies in water to lower our temperatures. Cool water has a soothing effect to the skin, which is transmitted deep into our bodies. A cold drink produces similar effects of lowering body temperature.
Why do we need an adequate supply of water in our bodies? As observed above, we need plenty of clean water in order to replenish the amount of water in the body, quench thirst, prevent headaches and migraines, nourish our skin which is the largest organ in our bodies, flush the alimentary canal, improve our metabolism, cool our body temperature and relieve pain in joints just like pain killers do.
Other than the ones highlighted above, there are many other reasons as to why we need water in our bodies. The consumption of clean water is important to keep off water-borne diseases.