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Benefits of drinking water

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The human body is composed of roughly 60% water.

  • Muscles are 75% water
  • Blood is 82% water
  • Lungs are 90% water
  • Brain is 76% water
  • Bones are 25% water

Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily to protect against dehydration, the development of kidney stones, and other medical problems. The body loses water primarily by excreting it in urine from the kidneys. Depending on the body’s needs, the kidneys may excrete less than a pint or up to several gallons of urine a day. About 1½ pints (a little less than a liter) of water are lost daily when water evaporates from the skin and is breathed out by the lungs.

Here are some benefits of drinking water.

Benefits of drinking water

  1. Water helps maintain the balance of body fluids: The human 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.
  2. You cannot live without water: Yes, water is really that important. A person can live only a few days without water or maybe a week. Whereas you can live longer without food.
  3. Calorie control: Drinking water could also help with weight loss. Water simply helps people feel full, and as a result consume fewer calories. 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, oatmeal, and beans.
  4. Prevent various cancer: Staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.
  5. Better mood:  Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
  6. Better kidney function: Kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Hence more water helps in better flushing of the waste.
  7. Better for digestion: Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration resulting in constipation.
  8. Better muscle performance: Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
  9. Less joint pain. Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
  10. Prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain.
  11. Make your skin glow. Skin is the largest organ in our body. Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. It also flushes out the toxins and reduce the risk of pimples.
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How much water do you need?

The amount of water varies with the individual, as it depends on the condition of the subject, the amount of physical exercise, and on the environmental temperature and humidity.

Every day we lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Many fruits and vegetables have high water content. Some good options: watermelon (duh), cucumbers, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit. Even soup, Jell-O, and ice pops count as fluid. Whereas foods with a diuretic effect, such as alcohol and asparagus, may cause you to excrete more water so you may need more .The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day and for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.

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Another way to determine your fluid status is by taking a peek inside the toilet after you pee. If your urine is light yellow, you’re probably getting enough fluids. If it’s dark or smells strongly, you probably need more water.

Benefits of drinking water in the morning

As a nation, Japan has the overall greatest longevity, currently hosting over 50,000 centenarians, or 100+ year olds. One of the common practices in Japan, is to drink two full glasses of water upon waking. It’s said have the ability to fully cure a number of diseases, including cancer, as well as provide a host of other benefits.

  • After seven or eight hours of sleep, your body becomes dehydrated. Drinking water upon waking helps increase the flow of oxygen, and aids in the production of muscle and blood cells.
  • Also drinking at least one large glass of water in the morning – about 16 oz of cold water – can boost your body’s metabolism by about 24%, which can aid in maintaining a healthy weight.
  • When you drink water in the morning before eating, you help to purify your colon, allowing nutrients to be absorbed more easily.
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So the bottom line is drinking plenty of water is really beneficial for the body. Drinking too much is usually better than drinking too little, because excreting excess water is much easier for the body than conserving water. So keep drinking water..:-)

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References:

  • http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/10-life-changing-reasons-to-drink-more-water
  • http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water#1
  • http://www.self.com/wellness/2016/07/how-much-water-should-you-drink-a-day/
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256
  • http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/hormonal-and-metabolic-disorders/water-balance/about-body-water
  • http://greatist.com/health/reasons-to-drink-water
  • https://www.davidwolfe.com/drink-water-first-morning-5-reasons/

 

 

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