Water - Why You Need To Drink More
Everyone says you need to drink more water. Water is called an essential nutrient because our need for it surpasses our body’s ability to produce it. But you drink coffee, tea, and the occasional soda, so why is water so important? There are quite a few answers to that question. Here are some.
- Like attracts like. The human body is between 50% and 80% water. To keep it functioning properly, we need to replace the water that our bodies lose during daily activities. We can go weeks without food, but only days without water. Since our bodies can’t store water, we need to replenish it every day.
- We lose body fluids (water) from lungs, skin, urine and feces. So even breathing causes water loss.
- Our blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration all are based on water. Lean muscle, fat, and bones also contain water.
- Lack of sufficient water in our bodies is called dehydration, and severe dehydration can cause death.
- The health and integrity of every one of the cells in the human body is dependent upon water, which carries oxygen to the cells.
- Without enough water, blood is too thick to flow through veins.
- We rely on water to eliminate the by-products of metabolism: excess electrolytes and urea (a waste-product formed by processing dietary protein).
- We can’t sweat without adequate water, which acts to help our bodies regulate temperature.
- Membranes in the mouth and lungs need moisture.
- If your joints ache, try drinking more water. It lubricates and cushions joints.
- Water helps remove bacteria in the bladder, reducing the risk of cystitis and kidney stones.
- We need water to help avoid constipation.
- Water serves as a shock absorber, helping prevent injury to eyes, spinal cord, and a fetus surrounded by the amniotic sac during pregnancy.