WHY DRINK WATER?
– By Funke Olayiwola, ABH Press
The human body is composed mainly of about 70% water,it goes to say that water is an integral constituent of the human life.
We can go for days without food but a 24 hour break from water intake can cause a huge damage to the body functions.
And as such water is an essential component of our day to day intake as it helps prevent dehhydration,burn outs and excess fatigue..
Why the fuss about water intake you ask?
So in this article ,I will be sharing with you 5 major reasons why you need to take water more often than any other drink.
1)Water Can Help Control Calories .
One of the most natural ways to control weight or calories is by the water therapy program.
This therapy was initially founded by the Chinese in which about 7-8 glasses of water is taken daily to help ease the flow of the bowel and also reduce the daily food intake of the dieter..
It’s been found to be a very therapeutic way of weight control and also in keeping fit.
While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
“What works with weight loss is if you choose water or a non-caloric beverage over a caloric beverage and/or eat a diet higher in water-rich foods that are healthier, more filling, and help you trim calorie intake,”( Penn State researcher Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Weight Control Plan.)
2)Water Helps to Stimulate the Movement of the Bowel.
Proper and adequate daily intake helps to ease the movement of the bowel as it allows for free flow of substances along the gastrointestinal tract .
Coupled to water is also fibre and roughages which also help in stimulating adequate movement of the bowel.
When there is insufficient fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation .
3)Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
The body is composed of about 70% water.
The functions of this fluid range from circulation,digestion, absorption, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature.
When there is a low level of fluid,the brain sends a signal to the body’s thirst mechanism.Once such signal is received,an individual should respond by taking in fluids partuclaly water.. Coffee,alcohol and other stimulating drinks have a long term effect on the body’s system.
4)Water Helps to Keep the Skin Aglow.
The skin is a fundamental organ in the human body which also contains a high content of fluid.
Through the skin,fluids are being excreted daily and as such adequate water intake into the body will help prevent dehydration on the skin.Wrinkles,old age marks and pimples could sometimes be as a result of little or inadequate water intake..
An average of 5-7 glasses of water per day with little or less intake of caffeinated drinks, alcohol and other artificial bevearages helps to keep the moisture of the skin smooth,supple and glowing.
5)Water Helps Energize Muscles .
Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising.Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrink,this can lead to muscle fatigue.
A daily recommendation for exercise is that people should drink fluids early and drink them at regular intervals to replace the fluids they lose by sweating.