There is a proverb that says ‘All the important things in your life are free’. One of the best examples of this is water, which is the most precious food you can consume. Our body including the muscles, bones and blood contains water and our body consists nearly 70% of this life force. Being a very vital component, drinking plenty of plain water has lots of health benefits. Here are some of the major ones.
1. Removes toxins
Drinking ample amount of water is the best way to flush out toxins from body. Water is also required to keep the digestive tract functioning properly and prevent constipation. Water softens stools and helps in evacuation. The function of kidney is also highly dependent on water. Blood urea nitrogen is a water-soluble toxin that can be flushed out of body by intake of water.
2. Helps weight loss
3. Essential for cognitive functioning
Since 90% of our brain is made of water, dehydration leads to loss of focus, ability to think, and concentration on a task. Drinking water is important to remain alert, energized and work effectively.
4. Good for skin
Water is essential for healthy, youthful skin. It replenishes skin tissues, helps in removal of dead cells, increases suppleness and moisturizes the skin thus keeping it fresh, healthy and smooth. Water decreases wrinkles, crow’s feet and fine lines from the skin effectively. Unlike many skin products that take months to show effect, water can make difference to the skin within a week.
5. Prevents headache
Water may not be solution to all types of headaches, but it is a proven fact that not drinking enough water leads to headaches.
6. Reduces the risk of cancer
Drinking plenty of water every day, keeps the digestive tract functioning smoothly which reduces the risk of colon cancer by nearly 45%. The removal of toxins and effective functioning of bladder reduces the occurrence of bladder cancer by 50% among people who are known to drink sufficient amount of water. Keeping the body well hydrated will reduce risk of other types of cancers too.
7. Keeps the heart healthy
Water is known to reduce risks of heart attacks and improve the cardiac health to a great extent. Scientific research has found that heart ailment is prevalent among people who drink less than 2 glasses of water per day, whereas it is less in those who consume more than a liter of water every day.
8. Prevents cramps and sprains
A well hydrated body does not suffer from cramps and sprains as water keeps muscles and joints lubricated, so that they function smoothly.
9. Regulates body temperature
Water is essential for functioning of cells and for regulation of body temperature. Water absorbs body temperature to convert itself into sweat and evaporate, thus helping in thermoregulation.
10. Promotes overall good health
Water increases the immunity of the body against diseases, increases metabolism rate, distributes nutrients, protects all vital internal organs, thus increasing overall good health in a person. For this reason doctors often recommend their patients to take sufficient amount of water when prescribing medicines.