Water is an important component of the human body and constitutes about 60% of the total body weight. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Water not only helps in hydration but also has other interesting effects on the body as listed below:
· Water a natural detoxifying agent work by flushing out toxins. Toxins that are a water-soluble mix up with blood, filtered by kidneys and passed out as urine.
· Water accelerates metabolism and fat breakdown. The reason behind this increase is that our body burns some extra calories in the process of heating up water to the body temperature. So drinking an extra glass of water can have an added advantage of losing weight.
· Drink a glass of water half an hour before food. This makes you feel full and prevents overeating. Do not drink water immediately after a meal as it leads to bloating and indigestion.
· Your skin reflects the overall health of the body. Dry flaky skin is a warning sign which should not be ignored at any cost. Drink plenty of water to lock in the moisture at the skin surface. Adequate hydration is recommended to achieve a youthful glowing skin.
· Water is required to maintain fluid balance by regulating the electrolyte levels thus helps to establish homeostasis. A drop in blood volume termed as hypovolemia progresses to hypotension if not detected early. At this point of time, our brain triggers kidneys to release renin which in turn activates angiotensin II, a hormone that constricts the blood vessels to maintain normal blood pressure. But this is not a permanent solution. In such a situation the intake of adequate amount of water is crucial in increasing the blood volume.
· When the overall water content is deficient in the body, the large intestine is forced to absorb water from the stools. This results in constipation and abdominal pain.
· Thermo-regulation is another process governed by water. During strenuous exercise or hot climate, our body sweats often. This is an attempt to cool down the body’s temperature by releasing out heat through the evaporation of sweat.
· Dehydration can cause headache as your brain cells and nerves reduce in size but get back to normal once adequate hydration is attained.
· Adequate hydration can boost your immune response by eliminating toxins and waste products from the body. Helps to fight infections by washing out any invading microbes.
· Dehydration may result in tiredness, fatiguability and mood changes. Consume plenty of water to just burst out with energy and stay active all day.
· Though everyone literally advises you to drink water as much you can. The amount of water consumed is of at most importance in patients with kidney failure, congestive heart failure, hyponatremia and other endocrine disorders such as adrenal insufficiency. In such cases, fluid restriction is recommended.
Drink water according to individual requirements. Always remember that anything in excess can be harmful. Maintain a balance between intake and expenditure. Always Stay Hydrated !!