Water is important to dissolve by-products of metabolism such as uric acid and urea which are transported by blood to the kidneys. Enough water is needed to effectively get rid of these waste materials from the body because lack of water forces the kidney to work harder to filter toxic materials and eventually it can cause damage to this important organ.
Water also needed as lubricant for joints movements and researches has shown that drinking eight to ten glasses of water daily can reduce joint pain on around 80 percents of arthritis patients.
Water also becomes a basic main ingredient for enzymatic activities, body temperature regulation and enabling blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells in body. Shortage of water will affects these processes and food nutrients may not be well distributed to entire body.
Our body comprises of 70 percents of water and if this water is clean, the cells in it are healthier and stronger. Clean water can stimulate the body defense system, cell metabolism and reduce the risk of cell abnormalities, prevent toxic materials from spreading to other cells and lowering the possibilities to get infection.
Drowsiness and Tiredness Because of Water Inadequacy
According to water experts, lack of water is one of causes of daytime fatigue and exhaustion that can cause short of breath, stomachache, numbness and unreasonable anxiousness.
Drowsiness can be an important sign that our body is lacking of water. Water is needed for digestion process and metabolism.
A study from Tufts University found that mild dehydration (loosing one to two percent of body weight) can impair thinking. Full-blown dehydration on the other hand can cause electrolytes imbalance in body especially in sodium and potassium. These electrolytes aid muscles and heart function.
Lack of these electrolytes will cause electrolyte imbalance which causes cause weakness, drowsiness, disorientation and confusion.
That is why we feel sleepy, tired and hard to focus on work if not getting enough water.
Other symptoms of mild dehydration are:
- flushed face
- dry, warm skin
- extreme thirst, more than normal or unable to drink
- cramping in the arms and legs
- dizziness made worse when you are standing
- dry mouth, dry tongue; with thick saliva.
- cannot pass urine or reduced amounts, dark, yellow
- crying with few or no tears
- feeling unwell
So drink enough water to stay healthy and fresh.
Reasons Why We Must Drink Water
A person can live a few weeks without food. But without water, even the toughest person can only live just for 4 to 5 days.
Water has the following functions:
- To transport nutrition to the whole body through the bloodstream and the spleen system.
- Water is needed by our body to transport all the nutrients from the food we eat to our whole body. Without water the nutrients cannot be sent to where it is needed.
- To smooth out the body excretory system through urinating and excreting.
- Water is also needed to disposed all the waste materials from our body. These includes by urination, respiration and defecation. Without water these processes cannot happen and all the waste materials get accumulated inside our body. This is toxic to our body and dangerous to our health.
To soften up foods and make chewing it easy.
We chew the food to soften it up and mix it with our saliva. Our saliva is of course contains water. The saliva has the function of digesting our food at initial before entering the next phase of digestion. Water soften the food eaten and make our chewing easier, and prepare it for the digestion process.
Preserving the body temperature.
Our body need to stay at a certain temperature which is around 33 to 38°C. Water helps to regulate the temperature by cooling off our body through respiration and breathing. Water also transport heat to needed area or from area which excess in heat. Water acts as media of heat transport in our body.
Apart from the function above, drinking a lot of water avoid the body from dehydration or liquid deficiency. Insufficient liquid can give adverse impact to the body’s condition. Our body not only can easily become tired but the skin also become dries quickly, our mind become difficult to give attention, muscle can cramp easily and the kidneys may get damaged.
So, from now on don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Don’t only drink water when you get thirsty. Try these tips:
Do not forget put a drink on your table. Besides taking plain water, try alternating it with other drinks such as juice, milk or tea.
Bring drinking water wherever you go.
Teach children about the importance of drinking water.