Why Water Is Important

Daily Health Solutions,Featured Article,Nutrition
June 27, 2011

With record-setting heat sweeping the nation, it's more important than ever to stay hydrated. Here's why!

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Water is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. The majority of the human body — about two-thirds of it — is made of water, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the Institute of Medicine, men should get approximately 16 cups (3.7 liters) of water per day, while women should take in about 12 cups (2.7 liters). Water can be ingested not only in its liquid form, but you can also get the recommended amount of water through certain foods, like vegetables and fruit. Getting the recommended amount of water per day has a variety of health benefits.

Keep things moving. Water is an integral part of the circulatory system, delivering oxygen and nutrition to muscles and organs. When you don’t have enough water, many of your body’s processes might slow down. Water also helps break down food in your digestive system, enabling your blood cells to deliver essential nutrients to other parts of your body. Not getting enough water can result in constipation, dry throat and nasal cavities, and even high blood pressure.

Stay healthy. Water not only helps keep us from getting sick, but also can help your body heal quicker if you have certain illnesses like a cold or stomach problems. If you experience an upset stomach, drinking water can help flush the offending substance through your digestive tract.

Water is also important in keeping joints lubricated. Information published by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics states that drinking enough water can help cushion joints, making it good for those who suffer from arthritis or other joint diseases. In addition, water helps regulate your body temperature and move oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and organs.

Avoid dehydration. Particularly if you live in a hot climate, drinking enough water can mean the difference between staying healthy and suffering from heat exhaustion or stroke. In hot weather, your body maintains its internal temperature by sweating. This loss of water can be catastrophic if you don’t have enough to keep your body running properly. Overheating can lead to death if you’re not careful. Keeping enough water in your system can help prevent this from happening.

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