Water For Heath

December 10th, 2010 healthwiki

Water is life. As we get it easily, we take it for granted. But this is the most essential element, next to the air for our survival. We lose water every minute through sweating, breathing, urinating and with bowel movements. For our body to function properly, we must replace the water we lose by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

For sedentary adults, drinking approximately two to two and a half liters of water a day, might be sufficient. For hardworking people, the amount of intake should be much more. Here are some notable health benefits of drinking adequate water.

* Drinking water helps us lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger; it is an effective appetite suppressant.

* Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration.

* Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin, increase skin elasticity and helps look younger.

* Our brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps us think better, be more alert and more concentrate.

* Drinking water regulates our body temperature.

* Drinking water raises our metabolism because it helps in digestion.

* Proper hydration helps keep our joints and muscles lubricated, so we will less likely get cramps and sprains.

* Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water added with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatic arthritis etc. One of the major benefits of drinking water can improve our immune system.

* Drinking a healthy amount of water also may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer.

Dr Mir Atiqur Rahman

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