Your body needs WATER, but this isn’t new to you. Your parents, PE teacher, and doctor have crammed it down your throat (no pun intended), and preached just how much water you should be drinking daily – somewhere between 6 and 8 cups…but have you ever wondered why? Believe it or not, water is the single most important element to your health. From your skin on the exterior, to each of your vital organs on the interio, water is by far the most important element for supplementing a long, healthy, and successful life. In this article, we’ll explore the four key areas water works its magic.
It’s All In the Gut
One of the major benefits of drinking water for your health is keeping your digestive system moving. Drinking the right amount of water prevents constipation and reduces the work on your kidneys and liver by helping flush out waste products. When you drink enough water, water binds with fiber to make it easier to eliminate your stools. When not drinking enough water, your colon then pulls the little fluid from your stool, making your chances of constipation more likely.
Skin as Clear as Water
Many people may not realize the key ingredient to healthy skin is drinking the right amount of water. Your skin contains water which acts as a barrier to prevent fluid loss. When your skin is dehydrated it will make your skin look dry and and prone to wrinkling and fine lines. Once you are hydrated the kidneys then excrete extra excess fluids to create that barrier your skin needs.
Cognitive Degeneration Concerns? Drink Water!
Your Brain is heavily influenced by water. Studies have shown the slightest bit of dehydration can impair brain function. The brain is composed of about 85% water and having access to an abundant amount is necessary, it relies on this supply for all of its functions. One of the main reasons it is important to drink water is because the brain has no way of accessing water. Therefore, when the body is losing more water than what you are intaking in your brain functions begin to slow down.
Water: The Kidney’s Lubrication
Your body is made up of about 70% of water. Every day your kidneys filter about 120-150 quarts of fluid, approximately 1-3 quarts are eliminated in the form of urine. If the kidneys do not function properly, excess fluid can build up in the body. Kidney stones may interfere with the kidneys and their function. The number one cause of kidney stones is lack of water, and is commonly found with people who do not drink the recommended amount. When not enough water is taken in it can lead to an imbalance of electrolytes. When the body cannot maintain the balances of: potassium, phosphate and sodium, these signals then become lost. This can then result in seizures, loss of consciousness and involuntary muscle movement. The most severe case would be the end result of kidney failure.