We hear a lot about water, and how we need to drink it every day. Even with all the talk about it, few of us get what our body needs to function properly. Water is one of the most important elements your body needs. Our organs, skin, and hair cannot thrive without water. Other liquids just won’t do. Half your body weight in ounces is what you require each day for optimal functioning.
Function of water in the body
Think about it, water exist in every part of your body. It’s in your cells, tissues, and organs. Water helps keep your body temperature regulated. If you ever experience having a high body temperature or take care of a child who has one, you should increase your water intake to help bring it down. Water is also a key player in keeping your bowels functioning properly. Without enough water, you could become constipated or have a difficult time passing your stool. Water prevents the stool from becoming too dry and hard. Water can be thought of as the vehicle that helps nutrients and oxygen get to your cells. Without that vehicle, nutrients and oxygen are not transported efficiently. Picture water as a flowing stream that drops off packages at different points in your body. If your stream does not flow well, you could possibly become deficient in needed nutrients—a stagnant pond without refreshing.
Water prevents illness
Yes, you can prevent illness with water. Water is your first line of defense. When you are hydrated, your body’s tissues can function in their role of getting rid of foreign material. Tissues in your eyes, mouth and nose when moistened will trap foreign material and help get rid of it. Bacteria won’t have a chance to penetrate its way into your body when the environment is moist. When tissues are dry, they are vulnerable to any outside bacteria and invaders. Pay attention when your eyes feel dry and irritated, when your mouth is so dry you don’t even have saliva forming, or when your nose is so dry it bleeds from blowing it. Your body is giving you signals that it needs water.
Getting enough water in the cooler months can be challenging. The weather is not as hot, and doesn’t create the urge to hydrate yourself. Besides that, our activity slows down. We are not as prone to be thirsty from increased usage of body fluids. Don’t be deceived. Your body still needs to be fully hydrated. The season changing to cooler temperatures means the air will be drier, but your body still needs to function properly year round.
Challenge yourself to take a drink of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. For some, getting enough water even in the warmer seasons is hard to do. According to most literature on water, an adult male is 60-65% water. Women tend to be slightly lower than males, but the point is clear. You need water.
Suggestions for drinking more water:
- To start your morning right, drink about 16oz (2 cups) as soon as you get wake up. I did some reading and this is not only going to hydrate you but, increase your metabolism. Which in turn will make for a productive morning.
- Carry water with you throughout the day. Not to stare at or to show that you have an appearance of health, but to drink. I suggest getting a large bottle.
- For those you don’t like water, you can add lemon. But remember, it’s not about the taste. It’s about the health benefit.
- When you go out to eat, pass on the soda. Choose water instead. You will save money when it’s time to pay and will have given your body something it needs.
- When you have eaten and you still want to snack, drink a glass of water. That may fill you up.
- Drink 2 cups of water before going to bed. People have reported great results from doing this. It helps up sleep better and get up in the morning feeling great.
I have shared a few reasons why water is important, but plenty more could be listed. Just remember water is one of the ingredients to staying healthy. You need it every day whether you feel ill or not. The body has functions to carry out and you can help by providing it with the key ingredient, water.
Now, your first task after reading this blog is to drink a glass of water. Your second task is to help someone else by sharing this blog. Thank you in advance!
[Taunya is nurse, author, and a three-year homeschool veteran. She is currently working on two books, the 3rd in the Brady Boe series, and Truth–the first in the End Time Saga Trilogy. #ReadTSW at taunyasBnB.com]