Water is often referred as the tincture to fight diseases and prevent the occurrence of many serious chronic conditions. It’s an anytime go grab drink that sharpens your brain, helps you fight fatigue, keeps you hydrated, and makes exercise feel easier!
While most of us are aware of the bountiful benefits of water, just try recalling how many days a month are you able to guzzle the recommended litres of water every day? Water is required for the normal functioning of almost all the organ systems of the body. The human body cannot store water and must have fresh supplies every day to perform every metabolic process. Our body is made up of 50 to 75 per cent water and it forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration, and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.
Some Quick Facts
• The body water content is higher in men than in women and gradually declines in both with age
• Water loss usually increases in hot weather and with prolonged exercise and most adults lose about 2.5 to 3 litres of water per day
• Water loss needs to be replaced otherwise one feels dehydrated and low on energy
Optimum water intake is required to make up for the loss of water from our bodies. Dehydration makes you feel fatigued, drained and depleted of energy. So, the next time you feel low during the day, just grab a glass or two of water and you’ll feel better.
Your body needs more water when you are:
• In hot climates
• More physically active
• Running a fever
• Having diarrhoea or vomiting
Water accelerates your metabolism and helps you feel full. Although drinking water does not directly aid weight loss, but substituting it for higher calorie beverages certainly helps. So replace calorie-laden beverages like soft drinks, juices, and energy drinks with water to speed up weight loss or maintain your weight. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. Having a glass of water before meals will help you feel fuller and you’ll be satiated with smaller portion of food.
Lower Stress with Water
Your brain tissue has around 85% water content. When you go without water for long time, you’ll feel dehydrated, and your mind and body will feel stressed. Always try and keep a bottle/glass of water around you and sip it regularly to avoid dehydration.
Water hydrates your skin cells and improves circulation and blood flow to the tissues. It also helps to flush out all the impurities from your system leaving your face clear and glowing.
The crux is, how much ever busy you are always remember to grab a glass of water about 8 times a day to reap the health benefits this zero calorie drink offers. Stay hydrated!