Water is consumed daily by everyone, either orally or through the skin (by showering/bathing, swimming, etc). Clean water is an essential nutrient, the basis of fluids of all living organisms, and absolutely necessary to sustain life. When we talk about achieving optimum health, consuming clean water should be at the top of the list for “most important” health factors. After all, water forms averagely 70% of the composition of the human body.
We all know that it is important to drink plenty of safe, clean water. Most people understand the feeling of not getting enough water; there's usually a dizzy, sluggish and light-headed sensation from being dehydrated. Many common health problems can be avoided by simply drinking more water. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water helps to flush out wastes from our bodies. Water is a transport medium for the nutrients that our bodies need. Body temperature is regulated by the amount of available water in our bodies. Water also regulates the pH balance and supports a multitude of physiological processes. Being well hydrated elevates our energy levels and can help alleviate headaches. Water helps the cells in your body to absorb nutrients and expel waste products. Other not-so-well-known advantages of drinking clean water regularly include:
Refreshing youthful looks: Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Speedy and more effective weight loss: Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat. If you're not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body, therefore reducing the rate of metabolism in your body. Water also suppresses your appetite, so you don't eat as much.
Muscle building: Another benefit of drinking water is that it makes your muscles stronger, because water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including the muscles. Drinking plenty of water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, and this can help you build muscle.
Smarter cognition: Clean water in your system can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Water also supports nerve function by ensuring that your nerves relay messages to and from the brain in the way they are meant to.
Flexible joints: One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated. Your joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible, so that your movements are smooth and painless.
Severe dehydration causes a multitude of health problems, not the least of which are fatigue, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, weakness and loss of energy. When you feel thirsty, it is infinitely healthier to drink water, rather than juice, carbonated drinks or other beverages. Clean or safe water, simply put, is water that is alright for human consumption. This means the water is free of germs, is colourless and is odourless. Simple techniques for water purification include chlorination, filters and solar disinfection.
There's always plenty of clean water around, no matter the occasion. So, take advantage of it; drink lots of water every day and stay healthy!
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