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Water – A Vital Nutrient

If you didn’t already know how important water is to the human body, here’s a fun fact which should help reinstate that fact: water accounts for nearly 70-75 per cent of a normal human being’s body weight. Water is undoubtedly one of the most important nutrients and its importance to our body can be underlined further by the fact that an individual can survive longer with the absence of food rather than without water.

Water is integral to the functioning of almost all organs and processes running in the human body. It is quite antithetical that despite water being such a necessity, the human body is unable to produce its own water. What more, neither can it store water. Since water is required for the optimal functioning of bodily functions, our body needs to be constantly supplied with water on a periodic basis. As a matter of fact, if the body is not provided with sufficient water, it would lead to a shortage which, in turn, drives the body to utilize the available water from anywhere in the body. For instance, water could even be drawn from the blood in the body. An average human body contains five liters of blood while the blood constitutes 90 per cent water. So, if a body draws water from blood for its many bodily functions, the blood can become thicker leading to several complications including blood clotting.

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Drinking water directly is the best way to supply water to the body. Additionally, water is also supplied to the body when certain foods and fluids are consumed. Water is also produced as a byproduct of our body’s metabolic activities. Studies have revealed that by just drinking 500 milliliters of water daily, it will help boost your metabolic rate by 30 per cent.

The average human body requires about 2-3 liters of water on a daily basis in order to perform its bodily functions such as metabolizing body fat, regulating body temperature, digesting food, transporting nutrients and flushing toxins from the body. It also required for your brain to function effectively while the level of hydration affects your strength, power, and endurance levels as well.

If the human body does not receive its normal daily quota, it can result in the body feeling dehydrated. One of the consequences of dehydration is the accumulation of fat. Among the many bodily functions which water facilitates; the liver metabolizes stored fat into energy, and the kidney filters wastes, salts, toxins, and ingested water out of the bloodstream. When a body is dehydrated, the performance of the kidney is hampered which causes undue pressure on the liver to over perform resulting in insufficient fat conversion into energy thus leaving fat as it is which, in turn, causes the accumulation of fat.

Thereafter, it must be mentioned that the daily water quota of a human body is dependent on a bunch of factors such as weather conditions, body size, the type of food consumed as well as the activity levels witnessed throughout the day. In that regard, humans living in places with hot/humid weather conditions also need more intake of water as compared to those living in cool climates. Water content in foods is different for different foods. For instance, cucumbers have a very high water content, upwards of 95 per cent. Other foods which contain a higher proportion of water include radish, watermelons, celery, tomatoes etc.

The bottom line

Make sure to have enough water throughout the day as it will help you maintain your current state of being while also drastically improving your overall health. Make sure to keep a track of your daily intake and drink whenever the need strikes.

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