Water: You Can’t Live Without It
The body cannot work without it. In fact, all the cell and organ functions that make up our entire anatomy and physiology depend on this for functioning. Do you know what you can’t live without?
Drink up, it’s water. An estimated seventy-five percent of Americans have mild chronic dehydration. Pretty scary when you break it down; the human brain is made up of 90% water, blood is 83%, muscle 73%, lungs 90% and bone 22%. That sounds like a whole lot of important parts of the body that need water – and a lot of it too. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen.
Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. Do you reach for some caffeine when you’re tired and struggling to focus? The answer may be that you’re actually dehydrated. The next time you feel daytime fatigue, try grabbing some water and see what happens. Here’s drinking to your health and achieving your goals.
Water Serves as a Lubricant
-Lubricates in digestion
-Lubricates our joints and cartilages and allows them to move more fluidly
When dehydrated, the body rations water away from the joints.
Less lubrication equals greater friction and that can cause joint pain
-Lubricates your eyeballs to work well and remain healthy
Water Regulates Body Temperature
-Control over-heating. Perspiration evaporates causing a cooling effect
– Blood is also routed into areas close to the surface of the skin where it can be cooled and then carried back to the interior of the body.
Water removes harmful toxins from the body
-Flushes toxins and waste from the body
-Helps reduce constipation and aids in bowel movements
Waste buildup can occur in the body if dehydration becomes a regular occurrence and this can cause headaches, toxicity and illness.
-Water helps lessen the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products
Water transports valuable nutrients to the body
-Blood is about 83% water and it carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body
-Nutrients from the food we eat are broken down in the digestive system to become water-soluble
-Water allows nutrients to pass through the capillaries within the intestinal walls to the blood and circulatory system where the valuable nutrients and oxygen can be distributed throughout the body to all the cells and organs.
Reach for that water, raise a glass to your health…I’m sure you have a bottle sitting right by you. If you don’t you should. Water should be at your side at all times. Drink throughout your day and drink even more if you’ve had caffeine. Your health depends on it.