Why is drinking water good for your health?
Water is said to be a ‘universal solvent’ which basically means that water has the ability to dissolve more things than any other substance..
Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance era polymath stated that, “water is the driving force of all nature.” Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations to be met by 2030 globally, is to have ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’. The World Health Organization states that, “Access to safe drinking-water is essential to health, a basic human right and a component of effective policy for health protection”
Water is a basic component of our human encompass. Water makes up about 60% of body weight in men, 55% of body weight in women, 70-80% of body weight in children and 45% in the elderly.
Water is needed for the normal physiologic metabolic function of the body. Chemical reactions of enzymes, cell to cell communication, as well as intracellular activities are all dependent on water. It is very evident that dehydration of about 2% can damage some parts of the brain leading to impaired concentration, headache, bad mood and a feeling of anxiety and fatigue. Water intake also tends to increase satiety and metabolic function leading to weight loss.
Some studies prove that adequate intake of water lowers the risk of constipation, acne, bladder and colorectal cancer and kidney stones.
One’s kidneys are very important since they filter toxic or waste substances from our blood. Water is needed to maintain the integrity of these kidney cells as well as to maintain an adequate volume of blood that undergoes filtration (Glomerular Filtration Rate).
About 8 glasses of water or 2 liters of water is recommended for a normal physiologic metabolic function. This requirement may increase with athletes or physically active people.
As one goes through their daily activities, dehydration is inevitable and replenishing the most substantial part of your body weight is critically essential.