“WATER – The very first need of every living being”
Water – The All Rounder. We drink it, cook with it, play with it and use it for granted. Water is present everywhere inside and outside us. A normal human body is filled with 60%-70% of water and hence we would die if we don’t drink it. Water intake can be of any form like water, juices, your foods, and other beverages. Having access to clean drinking water and maintaining a hydrated body is a boon and a blessing. We hardly realize its astonishing properties.
Why do we need to drink water?
To lubricate and cushion the joints, for proper working of every cell, tissues and organs, for absorption and circulation, maintain body temperature, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, nourish the brain and spinal cord, to relieve our stress.
Water is not only present in the blood, it is also present in an adult’s brain and heart (3/4th quarter is water only). This is similar to a moisture content in a banana. Lungs have 83% water just like an apple. Even the bones have 31% water in them. Kidneys and muscles have 79%, Skin has 64% water.
If we have this much amount of water inside us then what is the need to drink more water from outside?
The solid reason is every day 3-3.5 liters of water goes out from our body in the form of sweat, urine, motion, even as a breath. So, to compensate for the water loss we need to drink water and eat watery foods equally. Either over drinking or less intake of water is alarmingly serious, leading to serious illness.
Dehydration or less intake of water
Dehydration leads to Cognitive impairment, loss of energy, drop-in mood, bad or no moisture, overworking of body parts, yellowish urine. Even our brain may shrink its size in serious cases.
Hyponatremia or overdrinking
Hyponatremia causes problems in regulating water levels, sodium electrolytes get very diluted, bloating, vomiting, seizures, headaches.
Do we have to drink 8 glasses of water every day?
You all should have heard about this goal to drink 8 glasses of water daily. Depending on your weight, BMI, sex, environment, and how active you are, water intake varies from person to person. Some people require more than 8 glasses and some other requires only a few glasses. The adequate fluid intake according to “The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and medicine” is said to be 3-3.7 Liters for men and 2-2.7 Liters for women.
Drinking water depends on,
- Exercise – Exercises will make you sweat a lot. So you need to drink more water before and after your exercises to compensate for the fluid loss.
- Environment – Hot or Humid weather causes more dehydration, which in turn is quenched with watery items.
- Sickness – When you have a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea lots of body fluids are lost. So you definitely need to have lots of fluids intake during this time.
- Pregnancy – Generally Pregnant ladies and breastfeeding mothers will require more fluid intakes like water, juices, soups for themselves to stay hydrated.
Foods having more water content – Mostly all the fruits and vegetables, watermelon, spinaches, fresh meats. Always go easy on sweetened drinks, energy drinks, or soda as these only increase the calories and sugar in your body and gives you no good.
Drink water the right way –
Sit and drink water in a more relaxed way, it is the rightest way to drink and this also maximizes its effectiveness. Drinking cold water gives you more bad effects and illness. So always try to drink warm water or room temperature water whenever you are thirsty.
- 2 glasses of warm water after waking up- activates internal organs and flushes toxins out.
- 1 glass of water 5mints before taking bath – lowers blood pressure.
- 1 glass of water 30mints before and after your meal – aides digestion.
- 1 glass of water before going to your bed – regulates blood flow, gives good sleep.
Check this Hydration Calculator to know how much water your body requires per day. Water is the best natural remedy. My dear readers, I request you all to drink clean water to lead a healthy life and stay hydrated with positivity.