28 Feb The Benefits of Water
As we all know, water is an extremely important part of our daily routine. This makes sense as the human body is made up of 60% water, while our blood is made up of 90% of water. The unfortunate thing is that the majority of the population is dehydrated because we don’t drink as much water as we should.
Many times, we don’t realize we are dehydrated and, by the time we realize that we are thirsty, we’ve most likely been dehydrated and required water long before we felt thirsty.
Dehydration occurs when the body uses up more water than what the body is taking in. When we become dehydrate, our electrolytes become depleted and the body begins to work harder to try to make up for the imbalance. Electrolytes are made up of potassium, phosphate and sodium, all of which help to carry electrical signals between cells. The kidneys help maintain the electrolyte levels so the body can function properly. However, when the electrolyte levels are unable to be maintained, the signals between the cells can become messed up, leading to involuntary muscle movement, seizures and loss of consciousness. In cases of severe dehydration, it can lead to kidney failure, a compromised immune system, heart failure and central nervous system damage.
How much water should a person drink? The typical amount is 8 x 8 ounces of water per day, or half a gallon. Increase water intake if it is a hot day or if you are working out.
Benefits of water:
- Forms and maintains saliva/mucus in the body
- Keeps the joints well-lubricated
- Improves skin health
- Delivers oxygen throughout the body
- Provides cushioning to the brain, sensitive tissues, and spinal column
- Promotes a healthier digestive system
- Improves bowel movements
- Flushes out bodily waste and toxins
- Regulates body temperature
- Improves and maintains blood pressure
- Improves lung and airway function
- Improves mineral and nutrient absorption
- Decreases kidney damage
- Boosts athletic performance
- Assists with weight loss
- Reduces the effects of a hang ove