Do you drink enough water each day? If not, your overall health may be taking a toll. And why is drinking water important? Drinking water regularly can help you to lose weight, think better, be in a better mood, prevent disease, and more.
Why Your Bodies Need Water
How much of the human body is water? It might surprise you to learn that water makes up to 70 percent of our body weight. Many people underestimate the importance of water to the body. Read on to learn just how important water is to all of us.
The human brain is composed of 95% water; blood is 82% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water. Water is also the single most critical nutrient for health, growth, and development. It is not only the most important nutrient in the body, but also the most abundant. Water is critical to the balance of all the body's systems, including the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and muscles.
Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. Proper hydration is required for maintaining healthy blood flow, proper kidney function, proper sodium/potassium /electrolyte balance and proper digestive functions.
And what does water do for the body? The benefits of drinking water are many: It’s vital for almost every function in the body. Water acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical reactions, and a transport material for nutrients and waste.
Water also helps maintain blood volume and allows proper circulation, helps regulate our body temperature, and acts as a shock absorber for our joints and our brain. There are still more health benefits of water: It helps lubricate the linings of our inner organs and maintains healthy kidney function.
Water Your Body: 12 Benefits to Start now
You know what happens to a plant or flower when it does not receive the proper hydration. Your body is know different. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your body healthy and functioning at its highest capacity. Staying hydrated will help you to:
By the time you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Once dehydrated, endurance is diminished, strength can drop, and the effect can last into the following day(s). Instead of relying on a signal, drink water at regular intervals regardless if you're thirsty or not.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where we will discuss causes of water loss, how much water do you need and others signs it is time to increase your water intake! Until then, drink up! It's the little things, like drinking more water, that will make a big difference in your life.
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