In school, you are taught about the water cycle. The rain falls and lands in the oceans, damns and on land. From there, the water that is not absorbed by plants is then taken back up by to the clouds via the sun. From there the cycle repeats itself, but what about your body and why do we need to keep hydrated?
We often hear that one needs to drink two liters of water a day, but why? Here are four reasons why your body needs water:
Number One – Water Prevents Dehydration
Your body loses fluids when you engage in exercise when it is hot when you are ill (especially when you are nauseous or have diarrhea). If you are losing fluids for any one of these reasons, it is essential to replace those fluid levels in your body. For instance, for every twenty minutes of exercise, your body needs you to rehydrate with three hundred milliliters of water.
Other medical reasons to hydrate is if you have bladder infections, urinary tract stones, and for women if they are pregnant or nursing. The reason being is that your body repairs itself via your food and water intake. The more water you drink (within reason – try not to exceed three liters of water a day), the healthier you are.
Number Two – Water Helps Your Body Remove Waste
The correct amount of water intake for your body allows you to excrete waste through perspiration, urination, and defecation. How this process works is simple, the kidneys, liver, and intestines use water to flush out the debris left in your body – after the body has absorbed all the nutrients out of the food you eat.
Number Three – Water Aids Digestion
Digestion starts with your saliva, the basis of which is water. When you eat your food, the enzymes in saliva help break down your food and liquids digested into dissolvable minerals and other nutrients. Water is the most important component in digesting soluble fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance and slows down the digestion process. Typical foods with soluble fiber are: Carrots, apples, oatmeal, blueberries, oranges, pears, nuts and strawberries. Water helps speed up the digestive process of soluble fiber foods.
Number Four – Water Protects Your Spinal Cord, Vital Tissues And Joints
Water plays a vital part in protecting your spinal cord, tissues, and joints. Cartilage tissue in your body keeps your spinal cord and bones together. This tissue is made up solely of protein and water; when your body is dehydrated, the muscle is unable to repair damages to your body, and your body’s ‘structure’ weakens as a result.
Keeping hydrated will help you keep your eyes, nose, and mouth from becoming dry. Furthermore, staying well hydrated ensures your blood flows appropriately, which in turn keeps your bones sharp and your brain functioning at its optimal capability – meaning you are faster to respond and more alert.
Water is a necessity in your life; your body needs water to function correctly. Remember to stay hydrated and to perform at your best.