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The Many Health Benefits Of Water

Updated on January 6, 2017

We all know that water has many health benefits, in fact most experts say we can't survive for more than 3 days without it! But what exactly are the health benefits of water? The health benefits of water are truly staggering and after reading this article I'm sure you'll be reaching for a glass, or even two!

Energy Levels

One health benefit of water that gets a lot of media focus is the potential for increased energy levels. All of the nutrients, electrolytes and enzymes your body needs to function are transported around the body by your blood. It might surprise you to learn that about 80% of your blood is actually made up of water.

If you're suffering from chronic dehydration it will hinder the transportation and activation of these vital enzymes and your energy levels will suffer.

Detoxification

Water is a fantastic detoxifier. The cells in your body function by producing energy. As they go about their daily business these cells also produce a lot of waste. This waste is excreted out of the body in many ways, one of which is through your kidneys. Water has the ability to bind to the toxins in your body and excrete them out in the form of sweat and urine. Proper hydration is therefore essential in body detoxification.

Your body also detoxifies through your colon. The colon relies on a healthy supply of water to do its job, which we'll discuss in a minute.

Digestion

Another health benefit of water is that it dramatically improves digestion. The food we eat is broken down in the digestive tract by various digestive enzymes. These digestive enzymes rely on adequate hydration to be able to function. If you don't drink enough water you might well find yourself experiencing chronic indigestion and stomach cramps.

It's not enough to drink a glass of water with your meal, by this time it's too late. The enzymes needed for digestion are activated the moment you start to chew or even look at your food. If your body is not adequately hydrated at the start of a meal, it won't be possible to repair your dehydrated state in time to aid proper digestion.


Healthy Bowel Movements

If you suffer with constipation the problem may well lie in chronic dehydration. Constipation often results from a hardening of stools. Water is needed to bulk out the stools and allow them to move freely through the colon and out of the body. Also, part of the fiber you take in through your diet is water soluble fiber which requires adequate hydration to function correctly.

Water is Alkaline

To survive your body has to work hard to maintain a very specific, slightly alkaline pH balance. During energy production the human body naturally produces acid wastes which it is well designed to excrete. However, due to our overly acidic western diet, the various health problems we all face and our toxic environment, our body needs all the help it can get to maintain its alkaline balance in the modern world. Good quality mineral water contains alkalizing minerals such as calcium and bicarbonates that can help the body neutralize and excrete these extra acids.

Water Promotes Weight Loss

Last but by no means least, a major health benefit of water is that it can aid in weight loss! If you are chronically dehydrated your body will try to store up water to use when it desperately needs it. To hold this water your body will need somewhere to put it and will create fat cells to store the water in. Regular water consumption will eliminate the need for your body to store water and you'll lose weight as a result.

The same is true of toxins. If you don't consume enough water your body will not be able to remove all of its toxins. These toxins have the potential to damage your vital organs, even cause cancer. To prevent this from happening your body will create fat cells to store these toxins for later removal. Drinking more water will help remove unwanted toxins from the body and you'll again lose weight as a result.

Can you think of any other health benefits of water?

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