More than half of a human body is made up of water. Water is the essential constituent of blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine and perspiration. Adequate water intake cleans out the body, and promotes healing processes. Without water, your body simply cannot function. We all know that. Check out some more reasons to drink enough water:
- Studies have shown that drinking at least five glasses of water a day can significantly decrease the risk of cancers of the colon, bladder and breast.
- A mere 2% drop in your body’s water levels results in short-term memory impairment, trouble with basic maths and difficulty in focusing.
- When dehydrated, your body produces cholesterol, which surrounds the cells to protect the fluids within them. In the long term, this can damage general health.
- Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Dehydration can slow down metabolism since it springs the body onto starvation mode and holds onto fat cells that contain high levels of fluids.
- Drinking water helps maintain muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract.
- If you allow your body to become dehydrated during exercise, you lose the ability to sweat and cool off, which can raise body temperatures to dangerous levels.
- Feeling of anxiety and confusion, having dry skin, increased heart rate, and decreased blood pressure can all be signs of dehydration.
Aim to drink little and often throughout the day so you never get to the stage where you feel thirsty. Alcohol and drinks that contain caffeine cause, rather than protect against dehydration. Choose plain water! Also, you can supplement your fluid intake by eating soups, and raw fruits and vegetables, containing high levels of water, such as broccoli, lettuce, carrots, watermelon, and apples.
Reference: Floyd, E. (2005). 1001 little health miracles.