You Won’t Die!
Mahatma Gandhi managed to survive 21 days of complete starvation! Pretty impressive, huh? Without water, however, the leader of the independence movement in British-ruled India would have been able to last significantly less. Being able to tell how long a person can survive without water is somewhat difficult. For example, an infant stuck in a car on a boiling hot day would be in danger after mere hours, while a healthy young person could last as much as a week in ideal conditions. Drinking water because, well, quite frankly, you really need it is the prime reason for getting serious about your daily consumption. Unfortunately, this isn’t a reason enough for most people.
Our Bodies’ Lubricant
Everyone knows that human survival would be impossible without water, but the fact that it serves as a lubricant in many of our bodily processes is a less known fact. For one, water contained in our saliva facilitates chewing and swallowing, which is a key factor in our food being able to seamlessly slide down through the esophagus. Additionally, water lubricates our joints and cartilages, allowing them to move without harmful friction, which can easily result in injuries and even arthritis.
After the food is digested, the water helps our bodies excrete the waste through a well-known process. However, the by-product of ‘waste’ isn’t the only real waste that our body wants to get rid of. Yes, urination is the humans’ way of shedding liquid waste, but water also helps achieve perspiration. Now, although no-one really likes to sweat and even though everybody is jealous of people who don’t tend to do so excessively, increased perspiration is a sign of a good metabolism, one of the main indications of solid water intake.
Make Sure that You Consume Clean Water
The main problem behind world’s water shortages isn’t the actual water deficiency, but rather that of clean, drinkable water. In fact, even when water is considered “drinkable”, it doesn’t necessarily have to mean that it is as clean as it should be. Installing a UV sterilizer or another filtrations system is a great way to make sure that your home water is as clean as possible, regardless of whether the water in your area is as fresh as the officials say it is.
It Prevents You from Becoming Dehydrated
People tend to consider dehydration a borderline near-death occurrence. This is a common misconception – being dehydrated may happen to you on a daily basis – in fact, you might not even notice it, especially during vigorous exercise or during high heat. Seeing as how we’ve come to the conclusion that sweating really is good for you, making sure that you compensate the sweat with more water is vital, which means that drinking increased amounts of water while exercising is essential in making sure that your bodily functions run smoothly.
Water and health are very connected, but the amount of water you drink every day isn’t the only factor. Making sure that your body gets as much of clean water as possible on a daily basis is a key factor in maintaining a healthy body.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her free time she enjoys writing interesting and informative posts on women's health and fitness related themes.
Site last updated: 18. January 2018
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