Water is without doubt one of the most undervalued resource of earth. Without water life would not exist on the planet- all living beings rely on water and without it life cases to exist. Human beings can exist without food for upto a month, but without drinking water survival is limited to a matter of days.
Effects of Water on a Human body
The brain:- 75% water
Fatigue: Water is the most Vital sources of energy in the body. Dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, resulting in tiredness and fatigue
Asthma and Allergies: When dehydrated, your body will restrict airways as a means to conserve water. In fact the rate of histamine produces by body increases exponentially as the body loses more and more water
Blood :- 92 % Water
The blood is normally 92% water when the body is fully hydrated. When dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker causing resistance to blood flow and resulting in elevated blood pressure.
High Cholesterol: when the body is dehydrated, it will pproduce more cholesterol to prevent water loss from the cells
Digestive disorders: A shortage of water and alkaline minerals, such as Calcium and Magnesium can lead to a number of digestive disorders, including ulcers, Gastritis and Acid Reflux
Constipation: When short of water, the colon is one of the primary regions the body draws water from in order to provide fluids for other critical body functions. Without adequate water, wastes move through the large intestines much more slowly or sometimes not at all, resulting in constipation.
Bones: 22 % Water, Muscles: 75 % Water
Joint pain and Stiffness: All joints have cartilage padding which is composed mainly of water. When the body is dehydrated, cartilage is weakened and joint repair is slow resulting in pain and discomfort Kidneys or Bladder problems
With a dehydrated body, the accumulation of toxins and acid waster creates an environment where bacteria thrive, resulting in the bladder and kidney to be more prone to infection, inflammation and pain
When dehydrated, cells are depleted of energy which causes them to rely on alternative sources. As a result people tend to eat more when, in reality, the body is thirsty.
Premature Ageing: When in dehydrated the body’s organs including its largest organ, the Skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely.
Did you know?
When you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.
Drinking 8 ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner while also cutting back on portions with help you loose weight and keep it off for atleast a year according to research.
Drinking cold water can speed your metabolism and burn calories. The effects of elevated metabolism begin about 10 minutes after consuming the water and peak at 30-40 minutes after drinking
Researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increased his water consumtin by 1.5 liters a day would burn extra 17.400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately 5 Pounds
You should Drink only Water! The number one source of excessive calories in a person’s diet is Sugar-based beverages such as Soda and Fruit Juices
Just one can of Soda pop: 35 gms of Sugar, 140 calories
One glass of Water: 0 grams Sugar and 0 Calories
Factors that require increased water consumption: Exercise, Environment, Illness, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding. The average adult loses about 10 cups of water everyday simply by breathing, sweating, urinating and eliminating waste.