We all know the need to drink water every day, simply because our body asks for, sending the signal of thirst to the brain when water levels demand it, but science tells us more details of the benefits and consequences of daily water consumption.
The body of a person in adult age is composed of approximately 70% water. Because of this simple fact, is essential to maintain the correct levels of daily water intake for the proper functioning of the body and brain. A human can survive around one month without food, but just about a week without water, so it is absolutely vital to live.
The general recommendation is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but this can vary depending on physical activity, ambient temperature and other specific needs for each person depending on their overall physical activity, health and weight. Fluid losses occur all time, from urine, breathing, sweat and stool and must be replaced every day to maintain a good health.
Water is found in almost all foods and beverages we eat a greater or lesser extent, but it is recommended to drink 8 glasses of plain water a day, in addition to food and drinks that a person consume.
Water transports minerals and nutrients where it travels through the body and is essential for the adequate circulation, digestion and absorption.
When a person feels thirsty, it means that their body has lost 1-2% of the total amount of water in the body. For athletes is common to lose up to 6-10% of their water via sweat during intense exercise training. Dehydration can produce physic and mental fatigue, alter body temperature control and reduce motivation.
The correct water consumption improves metabolism and control appetite, helping to maintain a healthy weight of a person. People who drink a glass of water before every meal, fill the stomach with zero calories and provides the satiety feeling. It is better to drink cold water, because the body will need more energy to heat the water to body temperature.
One of the causes of fatigue during the day, may be due to mild dehydration of the body, water helps maintain and increase energy for daily physical activities. Studies show mild dehydrate can affect mood, concentration, memory, brain performance and lead to increase the frequency of headaches.
Water helps in the process of digestion and thus prevents constipation problems, also helps to eliminate the bacteria the body does not need to prevent diseases.
Drinking enough water helps to prevent some type of headaches, moisturizes and helps to the proper cellular formation.
Urinary stones are mineral crystal that forms in the urinary system, the most common are kidney stones, drinking the correct amount of water can help to prevent the formation of stones. When the daily fluids intake is correct, urine flows correct, is light in color and free of odor. When the body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color and odor increases because the kidneys capture extra fluid for other body functions.
A hangover comes after drinking certain amount of alcohol, depending on multiple factors in each person and can cause symptoms like headache, fatigue and thirst. Hangover is partly dehydration that can be prevented by reducing alcohol intake or drinking a glass of water between drinks and 1 glass of water before going to sleep.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS DRINKING WATER IN THE MORNING
- After 7-8 hours of sleep the body is dehydrated, so the first thing to do is to drink at least 1 glass of water in order to hydrate and compensate for hours without drinking water.
- Drinking water in the morning with an empty stomach, purifies the colon making easier to absorb nutrients.
- Help the body flush out toxins accumulated in the body.
- Increase the production of new muscle cells and blood.
- Gives energy and helps to wake you up.
- Drinking a large cool glass or chilled water (16 oz.) after wake up, boost the metabolism by 24% for 90 minutes.
- Keep the skin glowing and clean by purging toxins from the blood.
A good way to not forget to drink water throughout the day, is always keeping a bottle of water at hand, taking 1 glass of water before each meal, accompanied with water all meals and snacks, eating more fruits and vegetables that contribute the daily intake due to their high water content.