Drinking water is arguably one of the most important thing that our bodies need. We can go weeks without consuming food and still survive, but we can only last days without water.

The average person’s body is made up of 50-75% water.  The amount of water needed to be consumed varies from each person.

This can depend on body size, metabolism, diet and level of physical activity. As our bodies cannot store water, we need fresh supplies on a daily basis to make up the losses from skin, organs, sweat, urine and faeces.

Importance of Water for Bodily Functions

Water is needed for most of our bodily functions including:

  • Assisting our bloodstreams to remain liquid
  • Maintaining the health and conditions of every cell in your body
  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Regulating body temperature
  • Assisting food digestion
  • Promoting lubricated joints
  • Reducing the risk of cystitis by keeping the bladder clear of bacteria
  • Moisten mucous membranes for the lungs and mouth

Benefits of Water

Helps Prevent And Treat Headaches:

Dehydration can cause unwanted symptoms such as headaches and migraines. By replenishing your body with a reasonable and sufficient amount of water, this will help to alleviate any headaches or nausea that may be a cause of dehydration.

Keep in mind, water does not remove or completely prevent headaches and only relieves the causes.

Helps Weight Loss and Weight Management:

Consuming water can help aid the removal of fat by-products and help you feel full. Water can also work as a natural appetite suppressant.

Instead of having extra snacks between meals, a glass of water can help you feel fuller without consuming excess calories.

Improves Brain Health:

Dehydration can be affecting the way our brains function. Though they go unnoticed, when dehydration occurs, it can negatively impact our mood, cognitive and motor skills as well as our memory. The brain contains 73% water.  

Consuming enough water can help your mind to function better, improve concentration, focus and our ability to stay alert as well as enhancing our moods.

Improves Complexion and Skin:

Dehydration can lead to many undesirable skin problems. This can lead to our skin becoming tight, oily, flaky, or severely dry.

Drinking water helps to hydrate our skin and can assist in our skin becoming moisturised, soft, supple and can prolong wrinkling due to ageing.

Boosts Immune System:

One of the best ways to build a stronger immune system is to drink more water. Water helps carry oxygen throughout our bodies cells which will improve our functioning systems.

Water also helps to flush away harmful toxins. By drinking more water, this can help prevent and reduce the chances of contracting a cold or the flu.

Prevents Cramps and Sprains:

By hydrating our body along with all of its cells, we become less prone to cramping and spraining of muscles and joints when performing physical activities.

Water acts as a lubricant for muscles and joints. Keeping muscles and joints well hydrated won’t just make you more flexible, but it can also improve your muscle health, ensuring longevity and prevention of muscle related injuries.

Risks of Drinking Excessive Amounts of Water

Understanding that water should be consumed throughout the day at reasonable amounts, we need to understand that though water is commonly deemed harmless, there is still a possibility of drinking too much water.

Though it is rare, hyponatremia (water intoxication) can occur if you consume too much water. This is when sodium in the blood drops to an extremely low level. Sodium is needed in muscle contraction and for sending nerve impulses.

When To Consult A Doctor?

Hyponatremia can lead to headaches, blurred vision, cramps, and in the worst case, death. As every person is different, it is best to speak to a specialist practitioner about what is the most optimal amount of water you should be consuming.

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