Why Is Water Important To The Body?
Updated: Oct 31
Did you know that your body consists of 65% water? That is why doctors recommend drinking enough water throughout the day because it is essential to keep your body functioning well.
Every day, we lose a lot of amount of water in our body through breathing, perspiring, and urination. Replace water loss in your body by drinking water as the best way to replenish than drinking sugar-based beverages.
Water is important and has a big role in your body because it affects your everyday routine. According to Natalie Silver form Healthline, there are a lot of benefits when drinking water. First is for your food digestion – starting from your mouth, it helps you to create saliva that breaks down your food and keep your mouth healthy. Then towards your stomach digestion, it helps your body break down the food you eat more easily and helps you to absorb nutrients because it dissolves vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the food you eat. Also, it helps you to prevent constipation that helps your bowel movement to function well. Second is for your inner function – it regulates your body temperature because it replenishes the lost water in your body due to everyday sweating. It helps you to excrete your body's toxins and waste through perspiration, urination, and defection. It helps you to improve the circulation of your blood because it carries nutrients and oxygen to your entire body, that is why it can protect you from an illness like kidney stones and hypertension. It is also your aid for your cognitive function and helping you to improve your mood. The third is for your physical health – helping you boost your energy because it activates your metabolism that causes that associate with a positive income on your energy level. It also protects your tissue, spinal cord, and joints that help you enjoy physical activities. Another benefit of water is helping you to lose weight and makes your skin to be bright because staying hydrated promotes collagen production through your body. Overall, it prevents you from dehydration.
Not having enough water can cause you to dehydrate. Dehydration can be a serious problem because it can cause your blood to thicken which makes it harder for your blood to circulate through your body. Having a bad circulation of your blood can increases your heart rate in your blood pressure which we do not want to happen.
According to the heart foundation, women should consume a total of 91 ounces or about 2.7 liters per day for all the food and beverages intake combined. For men, it is about 125 ounces or 3.7 liters per day. Depending on your diet about 25% of the water you consume comes from your food. That is why water is an essential nutrient for your body because we can survive several weeks with no food intake, but we can only survive for a few days without drinking water.
Make sure to drink enough water every day. Try preparing a water bottle for your easy access and when you are doing your errands. Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverage to also save you from spending more money.
The Heart Foundation (2019, March 8) The Importance of Water https://theheartfoundation.org/2019/03/08/the-importance-of-water/
Center of Disease Control and Prevention (2011) Water & Nutrition https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.html
Natalie Butler RD, LD (2020, June 30) Why Is Water Important? 16 Reasons to Drink Up https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/why-is-water-important
European Federation of Bottled Water (2011) Natural waters: The natural choice for hydration https://www.efbw.org/index.php?id=46