Karen is a very beautiful girl who drinks water very often. She quarrels with me over water than food. She always wakes up at dawn to drink water before daybreak just to mention a few.
I was surprised for her strong crave for water. Though I know that Water is an essential substance on earth and as such every human being, needs water to survive as well as plant and animals, hers was to the extreme.
Interacting with Dr. Elorm, a friend of mine, he stated that one can live without food but can’t live without water and my pretty girl is very healthier because of her desire for water. Wanting to know more, I asked him why it is important to drink more water daily and guess what, I had amazing answers to share with my readers. Karen won't allow me to use her picture so I guess I had to use mine.
Below are some Six Reasons Why We Must Drink Sufficient Water Daily.1. Drinking-Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves.
When you're low on fluids, the brain triggers the body's thirst mechanism. And unless you are taking medications that make you thirsty, Guest says, you should listen to those cues and get yourself a drink of water, juice, milk, coffee, anything but not alcohol. Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion fluids which can then lead to dehydration.
2. Water Can Help Control Calories. 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 beverages can certainly help.
What works with weight loss is if you choose water or a non-caloric beverage over a caloric beverage and/or eat a diet higher in water-rich foods that are healthier more filling, and help you trim calorie intake. Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups such as light soup, oatmeal etc.
3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don't have adequate fluids, they don't work as well and performance can suffer. Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. there are guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity.
These guidelines recommend that people drink about two glasses of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
4. Water Helps Your Kidneys. 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. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. When you're getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in colour and free of odour.
When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, colour, and odour increase because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. Smelly and dark urine means you are not drinking sufficient water. And this very bad for your health
If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk of kidney stones, especially in warm climates like Ghana.
5. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.
When you don't get enough fluid, the colon (the big intestine) absorbs water from stools to maintain hydration -- and the result is constipation and feverish feeling.
Adequate fluid and fibre is the perfect combination because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly.
6. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don't expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids. It's better to drink more rather than drink less.
Water is good as we all know by now, and drinking more makes you healthier, let us drink more water to stay healthy and let us minimize the cost of hospital bills. Water is Life, Drink More Water Daily.