Water is the most understated nutrient and drinking water has a plethora of health benefits… it is in fact the elixir of life. It is imperative to know your water because it makes up almost 70% of the human body and acts on every single cell in the body to hydrate, detox, and maintain temperature which in turn helps one to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Integrity of Cell Structure:
Water is required to maintain the integrity of cells like hair, skin & nails and to a certain extent it also helps in the production of collagen, that works from a perspective of anti-ageing. Additionally, with regards to maintaining the integrity of the joints and the spinal cord, drinking water also works as a lubricant, which results in reducing friction.
Maintains Body Temperature:
To maintain body temperature, maintaining fluid balance is key. For your enzymes to function properly, it is important that body temperature is maintained, if not, most bodily functions can seize.
Burns Body Fat:
A number of studies have linked water intake with the reduction of body fat as consumption of drinking water has been shown to help drop the pounds and reduce weight.
Serves as the Best Way to Stay Hydrated and Rehydrated:
Thirst is the last sign of dehydration and hence it is absolutely vital that one drinks water throughout the day. Dehydration causes a drop in energy levels and causes the immune system to weaken. People who indulge in high octane and physically driven activities such as sports, tend to sweat a lot and being well hydrated at all times is a must. Extreme loss of water could cause cramps due to the inability to buffer the lactate built up. Endurance athletes and basketball players- tend to experience hyperthermia or even cause a drop in blood pressure due to the lack of water and extreme dehydration. Prompt rehydration is imperative whenever dehydration occurs be it from diarrhea, lack of drinking water, stomach flu, excessive medication use or if you are recovering from a night of drinking. Rehydration is possible by the oral route or by the intravenous administration of fluids.
In times of the pandemic, where most of us are working from the comfort of our homes, consumption of water rarely becomes a part of our to-do lists. While we juggle between unending virtual meetings, con-calls and assignments and household chores we tend to forget to drink water. In such scenarios, we need a constant reminder to drink water either by keeping a bottle of water by our side or using health apps to remind us.
Aids Digestion and Ensures the Upkeep of Oral Health:
One of the most common questions asked is ‘When is the right time to drink water? Before a meal? After a meal? During a meal?’. Drinking water at all these three times helps to digest the food better. It facilitates in the production of saliva which contains electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes that help in digesting food and allow for the upkeep of oral health. Digestion of food begins in the mouth and with age the production of saliva also reduces. If you feel your mouth is dry, increase your water intake.
Helps in Detoxification:
The most important function of water is to detox which in turn helps to build the immune system. Throughout the day, a lot of toxins are built up in the body be it environmental or through food amongst others. Detoxification happens through urine, faeces and sweat. Sweating also helps to maintain body temperature. With the onset of summer and most of us currently spending our time indoors, or in AC environments, drinking sufficient water throughout the day becomes highly imperative. Drinking less water may lead to constipation/ hard stools and kidney stones. Those who drink less water tend to void saturated urine and hence precipitate stones. One must drink adequate water to keep the urine dilute and also for healthy soft stools.