Water and the human body
The body of a person consists of approximately 70% water, depending on the life stage and age. In addition, there is also a difference in the amount of water between women and men. Every body cell, each platelet contains water. Except for oxygen, water is the most important substance for human health.
Water forms the basis of all biological processes in the human body. It is therefore not surprising that drinking enough water is important to stay healthy. The various processes that take place in the body need a certain amount of water to be able to work optimally.
The amount of water that a person drinks daily is determined by “habit” and not by “thirst”. The feeling of being thirsty indicates the lack of drinking water and so that a deficient amount of water was absorbed by the body. A minimum of 1.5l to 2l of water per day is optimal to keep functioning properly. In nature this means as much as: “Water is life”. Without this chemical connection between two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, there is no chance of survival.
Coffee, tea or certain soft drinks are often seen as a substitute for water during their upbringing, or to keep the moisture balance up to standard. Nothing is less true. Our body even dries out of coffee, tea or soft drinks. Fortunately, only on a small scale. In addition to dehydration, the amount of sugars in these drinks is harmful to health, at least in abundant use.
People often forget that the body also needs water at night. During the day we drink non-stop water or we receive other sources of moisture, such as when eating fruits and vegetables. At night we sleep an average of eight hours. After getting up, we may or may not take time for breakfast. As a result, our bodies often endure mild dehydration symptoms for up to ten hours. It is therefore extremely important to keep the water level of the body at a good level while sleeping. Just before going to bed and drinking a glass of water when you get up, does wonders.
When the body does not absorb enough water or large amounts of fluid leave the body in a short time, there’s a risk of drying out. That is why on a hot day in the summer it is important to drink enough water.
If the body has a disease to deal with, the chance of dehydration is all the greater. Water ensures the heat regulation in our body. For people it is vital that body temperature stays at a standard level. That is why one has to drink a lot of water, for example, in case of a fever. Water absorbs heat and quickly reduces it by sweating.
Water is crucial for our body to recover. The most important aspect of the “resilience” is filtering the blood. This is the primary task of our kidneys. This purification procedure can only work if enough water flows through our body to be able to dispose of waste. If the kidneys are not working properly, certain of those waste products are stored in the liver. The liver provides for the conversion of stored nutrients such as fats into usable energy. If the liver can not convert the right substances and therefore does not work properly, those fats remain stored. This is the biggest cause of fatigue and the phenomenon of feeling “lifeless”.
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