The Importance of Water Water is one of the most essential elements to health, both physically and mentally. It makes up 2/3rd of the human body weight , for instance the human brain is made up of 95% water. Without water we would die in a few days. Even a 2% drop in the intake of water can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with simple maths, difficulty focusing. Mild dehydration is a common causes of daytime fatigue.
Water is important to the mechanics of the human body. It serves as a lubricant in digestion from chewing, swelling to digestion and expulsion of waste. It also lubricates our joints and cartilages. So if we are dehydrated the body will ration water away from joints. It helps with our heating and cooling systems in body. As well as transporting blood plasma which plays a critical role in circulating antibodies from the immune system. Water helps the body remove toxins and waste through urination and perspiration. It helps reduce constipation and aids bowel movements. If the waste builds up in the body it can cause headaches, toxicity and illness.
Finally water, and our blood is about 92% water, carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
So not only your health, but also your general well being and mental health its a good idea to drink water. I’m sorry to report that sparkling water doesn’t count as the sparkle element in it causes us problems and takes the body about 4 hours to recover from. Also that water with something in it, even a squeeze of lemon does not count.
As to how much, you may want to check out the the NHS website HERE They suggest 6 – 8 glasses (about 3-4 litres) for an adult. If this seems a bit daunting, start slowly by just adding 1 glass a day and gradually increase it. Also drinking water at room temperature is easier then cold water. Remember the good thing about your water, is that it comes out of your tap and it has no calories.