The Elixir of Life!
Time and again we hear this phrase. But we never give it enough significance.
Why is water important?
- Composition: Water forms 65% of our body weight and every system in our body depends on water. Our brain consists of about 90% water.
- Flushing: Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to the cells and provides a moist environment in the ear, nose and throat tissues.
- Transportation is one of water’s most prominent functions in the body. Your blood is approximately 65 percent water. The water in your blood helps transport oxygen, nutrients and hormones to the cells. Water also helps transport waste for excretion.
Biggest cause for Migraines: Dehydration
Every day we lose water through breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. The brain is one of the first organs that directly experiences the lack of water in the body, considering its composition. If you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you end up with headaches and migraines. So the next time you have a headache, it may just be a sign of dehydration. For a change, drink that glass of water before you pop your pill.
So how much water does the average, healthy adult need?
We do not need to know the answer to this. Our bodies have an incredible mechanism to make sure that we drink sufficient water. Thirst. Just make sure to drink water whenever you are thirsty, and you do not have to worry about anything else.
Although remarkably little research has been conducted on how much water should be had every day, Popkin et al points out that there are a complicated set of processes to understand for this, such as measuring body hydration in people of different ages, in different races and seasons along with various diets.
Although we have no set guidelines from the world of science on how much water each of us should be drinking, relying on our in-built thirst mechanism is just enough for us to be fit as a fiddle.
One other way to check if you are drinking the right amounts is to check if your hair is healthy, your skin radiant, your digestion efficient and just being productive overall.