Around 60% of the human body is made up of water and around 71% of the planet’s surface is covered by water. As water is available everywhere in abundance, drinking enough water per day is not at the top of many people’s priority list. The myth of 8 glasses of water came from research in 1974 which was later rejected.
Some facts on drinking water
- An adult human body is 60% water and our blood is 90% water.
- There is no universal standard quantity of water that must be consumed regularly.
- Water is essential for the kidneys to perform well and other bodily functions.
- When a body is dehydrated, the skin becomes more vulnerable to drinking and skin disorders.
- Drinking water instead of having a soda can help in weight loss.
To function properly all the cells and organs of a body need water. Here are some of the reasons that water per day does to you.
- It lubricates all the joints
The cartilage that is found in the joints and the disc region of the spine contains about 80% water and long-term dehydration can definitely reduce the joints shock absorbing ability thus leading to joint pain.
- Water forms the saliva and mucus
The saliva and mucus that is formed from the water helps us to digest food and keeps the mouth, nose and eyes moist. Drinking water also keeps the mouth clean and also prevents friction and damage.
- It helps to deliver oxygen throughout the entire body
Our blood is more than 90 % water and the blood helps to carry oxygen to the different parts of a body to function.
- It helps to cushion the brain and the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues in our body
Long term dehydration can affect brain structure and function. Water helps in the production of neurotransmitters and hormones and dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.
- It helps to boost up the skin beauty and health
With prolonged dehydration, our skin becomes small vulnerable to skin disorders and thus premature wrinkling starts.
- It helps to regulate body temperature
The water that gets stored in the mid layers of the skin comes to the skin surface as sweat when the body heats up and thus it cools the body.
- The entire digestive system depends on it
The bowel needs enough water to work properly. dehydration can also lead to digestive problems, constipation and an over acidity in the stomach. It also increases the risk of stomach ulcers. Water also helps in the process of sweating and the removal of urine and faeces and thus flushes out the body waste.
- It helps to maintain the blood pressure
Lack of water can cause the blood to become thicker thus increasing the blood pressure.
- It helps to maintain the airways
When dehydrated, the airways get restricted by the body and thus can make asthma and other allergies worse.
- It helps us get the necessary minerals and nutrients
The minerals and nutrients get dissolved in water and thus makes it possible for them to reach our different body parts.