It is difficult to imagine why water is hard to find when 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Unfortunately, out of the Earth’s vast water source, less than one half of one percent is both potable and obtainable!
The human body is 60 percent water’, says Dr Emilio Cano. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to cells through the blood and lubricates joints and help to remove waste products. It moistens the lungs so that they can absorb oxygen.
Eight glasses of water a day helps to boost your energy, sharpen your concentration, increase the number of calories you burn facilitates unhealthy waste elimination, beat the common cold and give smoother, younger looking skin.
If you drink water but find eight glasses plenty, try spreading out your daily requirement of water throughout the day. Water works wonders.
A common mistake is to quench one’s thirst with coffee, tea or soft drinks. These are poor substitutes for water.
Dehydration is one hidden cause of tiresomeness. According to Dr Kristine Clark od Penn State’s Centre for Sports Medicine, you have already lost 1 to 2 percent of the fluid in your body once you feel thirsty. As you hit the 3 percent mark, you will notice a decline in your physical performance. Water, according to Clark, is made up largely of energizing oxygen and it also helps carry oxygen throughout the body.
Australian researchers who studied men undergoing prolonged exercise to see how fluid intake affected their endurance, found out that the more water they drank, the less glycogen they spent, so they did not tire out as fast.
The mucus that coats your throat has antibodies that help trap viruses. However, even the slightest dehydration dries up the mucus-producing tissues and weakens this self-defence system. Drink plenty of water or juice instead of grabbing cough syrup for a wet cough. Dehydration also causes the ‘spaced-out’ feeling when we have fever. The amount we perspire as our fever is breaking severely dehydrates our brain as well as our body.
Fibre alone will not help unless you have enough fluids `in your system to flush substances through. People who do not drink a lot of water tend to suffer from constipation. Increasing water intake also dilutes the urine and helps prevent the formation of salt crystals that can lead to kidney stones.
Some researchers claim that dehydration impairs one’s concentration and reaction time, affecting our ability to make decisions. So, drink more water when you feel too tired to think.
It is said that hunger can be thirst in disguise, so we have been told to drink water in between meals to minimize appétit.
Plain water is best because it has no calories and does not contain sugar, fat or any additives that will affect the body. But, if you are not fond of plain water, increase your intake of the following: soup; juice; fresh fruits; vegetables, herbal tea and milk.