Did you know that most of your body is water? In fact, we are made by about 60% water : three quarters of our brain and our heart, 83% of our lungs and 31% of our bones are water. But not all that water remains in our body.
Drinking water is a very important habit for the health and even survival of us as humans. If this precious liquid did not exist, humans will not survive, and neither will the ecosystem around him. It is estimated that one person per day requires at least 20 to 50 liters of clean and safe water to drink, cook or simply keep clean.
This shows the importance of conserving the water resources that reach the final consumer, and that must be protected so that more and more people in the world have access to this resource even if the world population increases.
BENEFIT OF WATER CONSUMPTION
The consumption of drinking water in adequate quantities serves to keep the skin hydrated, soft and luminous. Improves elasticity and gives firmness, prevents the appearance of fine lines, skin diseases, inflammation and acne.
Water also aids in toning muscles, helps eliminate toxins, accumulated fat, fatigue, aids in digestion and in the proper functioning of internal organs such as: liver, kidneys, immune system; It improves resistance in the ligaments, lubricates the joints, improves the absorption of nutrients from food.
If the body is well hydrated the bacterial control system is activated in the mouth, preventing oral diseases such as gingivitis or caries.
Water serves as fuel for the brain; If it does not receive enough liquids, its operation will be slow and this could cause headaches, nervous system disorders, memory loss, chronic fatigue, among others. Consuming clean water is essential for health, as it also helps improve circulation and the working of the nervous system.
WHY YOU MIGHT NEED TO HYDRATE MORE
There are circumstances that increase the loss of fluid and this implies that you have to increase the intake of fluid, such as excessive heat during hot seasons, physical exercise (Jogging, running, work outs at the gym etc) episodes of vomiting and / or diarrhea, infections etc.
Man or woman, child or adult, athlete or sedentary, winter or summer, sick or healthy, obese or not … the amount of water that has to be taken daily varies according to the circumstances. There are studies that indicate that women lose more fluid than men during exercise, so it would be advisable to drink something more before starting to perform intense physical activity.
Keep in mind that your diet can greatly influence the amount of water your body requires, and if you eat cod, or ham, it is possible that your brain immediately demands a greater amount of water in which you can dilute all the salt you have taken. Other foods than can cause dehydration include foods that are high in sugar/processed foods like donuts, muffins, candy bars, ice cream and even whole grains like bread, pasta and rice etc. This is because breaking down sugar requires the body to use a lot of water.
The fundamental objective of water intake is to help maintain the homeostatic balance of the body.
TIPS TO DRINK MORE WATER
- Drink water with lemon
- Always carry a water bottle with you, anywhere you go
- Drink two glasses after each meal
- Drink water after every cup of coffee
- Exercise more: Take a morning walk, jug, bike ride etc and when you’re done, drink water
- Make it a routine to drink water before and after every activity
- Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to take water, at least, every two hours
- Flavour your water. Cut oranges, limes, lemons etc into cubes, put it inside a glass of water and freeze it. This will help you enjoy the water better, while also consuming healthy fruits.