As children we have learnt and as adults we are aware that the largest part of the composition of the human body is water. From our head to our toes, in muscles, bones, blood, tissue, and everywhere else, there is water. It is important for the level of water in our body to be constantly maintained so that we remain hydrated. In addition to keeping us hydrated and moving about, water also ensures that all processes in our body from digestion to blood circulation are happening in a smooth manner. Water is also key in cell regeneration and flushing out of toxins from the body. In the absence of water, the human body could begin to lose functioning and start to shut down. According to the World Health Organisation, it is necessary for every individual to drink a minimum of two litres of water a day for longevity and good health. Listed below are eight reasons why drinking water regularly is important-
- Hydration- if you’ve often found yourself feeling tired, it is probably because you’re dehydrated. This can lead to more problems like headaches and a loss of concentration. Drinking water will keep you hydrated and your cognitive abilities will remain sharp
- Regulation of body temperature- even though you may not feel thirsty in cool months, your body still requires water to maintain body warmth. Similarly in hot months when you sweat a lot, your body requires water to keep the body hydrated. In the absence of this, you may faint or feel dizzy or even suffer from a heat stroke
- Metabolising and digesting- water ensures that the digestive system functions properly and improves the metabolism of the body. Science has indicated that a glass of water before every meal will ensure that you eat the right quantity of food and not too much. Additionally, drinking water during the day improves digestion and prevents the development of gastro-intestinal diseases such as colitis, ulcers, and constipation
- Improves kidney functioning- it is vital for your kidneys to function properly in order to remove toxins from your body. Drinking water helps this as it reduces the possibility of urinary infections as well as the development of kidney stones
- Shields your respiratory system- the mucous membranes of your nose, throat, bronchi and lungs need to remain hydrated in order to help you fight infections and recover from them faster
- Protects heart and brain- with less water, the circulation and pumping of blood can reduce, leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or a loss of brain functioning. It is therefore important to drink water regularly
- Helps muscles and joints recuperate- especially after strenuous exercise, it is necessary to remain hydrated to avoid cramps
- Benefits hair and skin- drinking water keeps your skin hydrated and fresh looking and the same goes for your hair. Additionally, water helps to detoxify the blood which in turn reduces the risk of skin rashes and acne.
While drinking a certain amount of water every day is necessary for good health, it is also extremely necessary that the water being consumed is pure and from a fresh source. Drinking unclean water can cause more harm than good so make sure your water source is clean and pure.