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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 10 Mar 2014
Did you know that 97% of all the water on Earth is saline and, therefore, undrinkable? In fact, only 1% of Earth’s water is available for drinking, as the rest 2% forms the glaciers. A huge amount of energy is spent on making water fit to drink. Why? That’s because water is essential for life. The human body is made up of 55%-75% water; and every cell in our body, from head to toe, requires water for functioning. Hence it becomes essential to take in enough fluids.
Health Benefits of Drinking Water
Drinking water is beneficial to the human body in ways more than one:
- Prevents Dehydration: Dehydration is the state of the body when it lacks adequate amount of fluids necessary for the proper functioning of the body. The effects of dehydration could be tiredness, migraine, constipation, muscle cramps, irregular blood pressure, kidney problems and dry skin. Dehydration can even prove fatal.
- Detoxification: Drinking water helps to detoxify the body, flushing out harmful compounds and toxins from our system.
- Energy Booster: Cells that do not have a proper balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, resulting in muscle fatigue. Drinking enough water takes up the energy level of the body.
- Protection of Vital Organs: Water ensures proper functioning of various vital organs like the kidney – protecting them from failure, Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, Moisturizes the air in lungs, Helps with metabolism.
- Regulation of Body Temperature: Water prevents the body from getting too cold or too hot.
Water Drinking Pattern
To replace the loss of water from the body, drinking water frequently is necessary. You may tend to drink more water in summer and much less in winter. However, drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day is essential for the proper functioning of the body. Moreover, ensure that you do not consume a lot of water all at once; instead the intake should be at regular intervals.
Safe Drinking Water
Ensuring that the water you drink is safe and unclean is essential; as there are a number of water-related diseases. Ensure that the water you drink is boiled or properly disinfected. This should particularly be followed in case you are unwell, a time at which your body is less capable of fighting an attack of germs. In case of natural calamities, like flood or earthquake, water from sealed bottles or cans should be consumed to safeguard against waterborne diseases.
Water has various positive effects on the human body. It is essential to ensure that the water you drink is safe for consumption, so that the positive effects do not turn into negative ones.
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