Drinking water is one of the very most important things we can do to improve our health and to avoid a range of different health problems – though it often goes under appreciated. Water makes up over 60% of our body mass, and so as you might imagine it’s really rather important.
Specifically where does this water get utilized in the body? Well the brain for instance is around 70% water, while the blood is around 82% and our lungs are around 90%. The reason that water makes up so much of our body is that it places such a big role in our cells, which are essentially little sacks of liquid with a few proteins floating in them. This goes for everything from our skin cells to the cells in our muscle, and it’s this fluid that allows all the important nutrients and proteins to move around freely.
At the same time as making up the cells, water also plays a number of other roles including:
• Serving as a lubricant
• Serving as a base for many important fluids – from tears, to saliva to some enzymes
• It helps regulate body temperature via perspiration, which also clears our pores of dirt and toxins helping to avoid acne and other problems
• It helps to dissolve foods and thus improve absorption of nutrients
• It helps to ‘flush’ the system by getting us to urinate thereby washing away toxins and waste
• It helps to dilute the blood thereby preventing high blood pressure and encouraging good heart health
• It helps to regulate a healthy metabolism
• It aids in digestion and prevents constipation
• It moisturizes the skin and hair
• It provides our skin with buoyancy and elasticity being stored between the muscle and upper layers of the skin
• It improves the immune system and helps to combat disease
Despite all this, not everyone is aware of the many important benefits of water, and many people fail to get the amount they need. In fact, estimates suggest that around 75% of Americans don’t get enough water and in fact suffer from mild chronic dehydration.
This should alarm you – as not only will you find yourself struggling to concentrate and developing headaches as a result of this dehydration, but you will also open yourself up to a number of diseases and conditions increasing your chances of developing bladder cancer (by around 50%), colon cancer (by around 45%) and breast cancer.
As a result it is highly important that you ensure you are drinking enough water and getting enough in your diet. You should drink around 7-8 glasses of water a day and no beer or tea don’t count as they are diuretic and will actually make you more dehydrated.