Why Water is Important to Our Health
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Almost every chemical reaction that happens in your body needs water in order to happen. Not getting enough water means that your body can’t do the job it’s supposed to do, including calling immune cells to fight against viruses.
If your body runs out of water, it will use whatever water it has to keep the most essential functions running to just keep you alive, such as keeping your blood pressure up, and making sure your kidneys are filtering, but there won’t be enough left over for any additional jobs it needs to do.
When you’re eating a high amount of fiber, which is also very important, you need more water. Fiber pulls water from your body into the gut so that together, they can effectively cleanse your gut of waste and move it along smoothly through the bowels. Without enough water, things can’t move effectively and this is why dehydration is a common culprit of constipation.
What kind of water? The good old plain water. Not juice, not flavoured water, not vitamin water, not alkaline water, not nano water, just plain water.
How much water do you need? Everyone’s ability to absorb water is different, so everyone requires a slightly different amount of water daily. As a general guideline, you are already dehydrated when you feel thirsty. If you are well hydrated, you should visit the bathroom frequently and your ‘output’ should be clear (no colour).
Cold, room temperature, or warm water is OK. Contrary to popular old wives tales, cold water doesn’t hurt you or make you prone to getting sick. But you don’t want to drink really hot water or beverages, as they may hurt your oesophagus and put you at higher risk of esophageal cancer.
Leave bottled water only for emergencies. A study published in Frontiers in Chemistry found that 93% of the samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries contained some microplastic synthetic polymer particles, including polypropylene, polystyrene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
In a study by German researchers, nearly 25,000 chemicals were found lurking in a single bottle of water. And many of these chemicals mimic the effects of potent pharmaceuticals inside your body.
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