The Importance Of Water and Human Health
“I’m dying of thirst!”
Well. We just might. It sounds so simple. H20.
Two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. But this element, better
known as water, is the most essential, next to air, to our survival.
Water truly is everywhere, still most take it for granted.
Water makes up more than two thirds of the weight
of the human body, and without it, humans would die in a few
days. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and
lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can
trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble
with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such
as a computer screen. (Are you having trouble reading this? Drink
up!) Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of
daytime fatigue. An estimated seventy-five percent of Americans
have mild, chronic dehydration. Pretty scary statistic for a
developed country, where water is readily available through the
tap or bottle.
Water is important to the mechanics of the human
body. The body cannot work without it, just as a car cannot run
without gas and oil. In fact, all the cell and organ functions
made up in our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water
for their functioning.
- Water serves as a lubricant
- Water forms the base for saliva
- Water forms the fluids that surround
- Water regulates the body temperature,
as the cooling and heating is distributed through perspiration.
- Water helps to alleviate constipation
by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby
eliminating waste- the best detox agent.
- Regulates metabolism
In addition to the daily
maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the
prevention of disease. Drinking eight glasses of water daily
can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer
by 50% and it can potentially even reduce the risk of breast
cancer. And those are just a few examples! As you follow other
links on our website, you can read more in depth about how
water can aid in the prevention and cure of many types of diseases,
ailments and disorders that affect the many systems of our
And you know what the best
news about drinking water for health benefits is? It's virtually
free! You can drink over 4,000 glasses of tap water for the
price of a six-pack of your favourite cola.
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