Water is a source of life and a reliable ally in the battle against health problems and ageing.
Water is our body's principal chemical component, comprising 60%-70% percent of our weight. Every system of the human body depends on water. Blood, muscles and lungs consist of water, and our brain is 85% water.
Among other things, water regulates body temperature and carries nutrients to our cells. It also flushes toxins out of vital organs, protects our joints and builds muscle. Our cells are made of water.
Its ability to dilute so many substances, aids our cells in order to make use of valuable nutrients; such as fat and minerals.
Water bathes and feeds the cells.
Water flushes toxins away from the body; cleansing its natural filters - the kidneys - helping them to filter impurities. Water intake reduces the risk of kidney stone formation because it dissolves calcium in the urine and guides it out of the body.
Our gastric fluids consist of water, which helps digestion and activates metabolism. Water minimizes the toxicity of some medicines, by protecting the stomach, and eases heavy breathing when we have a cold.
Drinking water can ward off constipation and relieve water retention.
Finally, it sees you through tough exercise, keeping the body and the heart hydrated. It reduces cardiovascular stress and improves performance, thus making the whole exercise process safer.
Drink water and fluids regularly even when you are not thirsty. It's important not to wait until you feel thirsty, because then you will be already significantly dehydrated.
Content based on: Water Quality Association (WQA), International Water Association (IWA), World Health Organization (WHO), American Dietetic Association (ADA) and American Heart Association (AHA).