Health Advantages of Water

Health Advantages of Water

Drinking Water Has Many Health Benefits

There are numerous health benefits to drinking enough water; maintaining an optimum hydration level is just one of the benefits. Since an adult body has approximately 60% water, the recommended amount of water to drink to stay hydrated is eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. For infants, the percentage of water present is higher at about 70%. 

According to the Mayo Clinic in the article Water: How much should you drink every day? the amount of water one should ingest varies per individual. Many studies have produced different results through the years so there are no definitive answers.

Every organ and system in your body depends on water and determines how well it functions. Knowing your body’s needs concerning how much fluid intake is necessary depends on many factors:

  • How much you exercise daily
  • If you live in a hot and humid or dry climate
  • The health of your body and how you assimilate fluids
  • Mild dehydration can affect optimum brain function, affect mood, memory, and concentration
  • How much fruit and vegetables you eat that have high water content will also determine hydration level
  • Whether you are on medication that unnaturally causes thirst symptoms.

Some of the advantageous benefits of water include:

  • Ridding the body of toxins
  • Delivers nutrients to the cells
  • Provides hydration for ears, nose, and throat tissues
  • Assists in maintaining oxidative stress during high-intensity exercise reflected in good performance
  • Keeps your energy strong and aids brain function
  • Depending on the type of headache, ingestion of water can ease a headache
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Alleviates constipation and hangovers
  • Aids weight loss due to a metabolism boost if you drink half a litre of water before meals
  • Promotes kidney function and reduces the salt of kidney stones.

Water clears out toxins during sickness, cleanses and helps to keep the skin free of blemishes, and maintains the body’s hydration levels. Additionally, water helps prevent the pain of aching joints, muscle cramps, and strains. Water assists in pushing heavy food through the digestive system by keeping the small and large intestine hydrated for optimum functionality.

However, drinking too much water can have adverse effects to your health since it can reduce your kidney’s ability to filter out waste, leave you feeling more bloated, and can cause Hyponatremia which means “insufficient salt in the blood” causing the blood to be waterlogged. If your sodium concentration is too low (sodium concentration below 135 millimoles per liter or approximately 0.4 ounces per gallon), this is an indication of Hyponatremia. Extreme cases of Hyponatremia can cause water intoxication that may include symptoms indicated in a headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, frequent urination, and mental disorientation. On the contrary, too much salt in your diet might lead to more water intake causing water retention and bloating.

Leading a balanced life where exercise, a good diet with measured sugar and salt intake, adequate sleep, and fluid ingestion are objectives to staying fit and healthy. If you’re unsure how much water to drink, then follow the thirst barometer of your own body and definitely drink water when thirst intensifies.

 

REFERENCES AND LINKS

Water: How much should you drink every day? 
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

Strange but True: Drinking Too Much Water Can Kill You
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill


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