SUPPLIED BY: Afiya Crossley
Benefits of Water
After a long day of being in the sun, you are very thirsty and in need of something to quench your thirst what is the first thing you reach for. Is it a cold glass of juice, a soft drink or water? Answer truthfully, most times we are thirst yes but not for water since individuals often say that they don’t like the taste so they have to flavour it in order to enjoy it.
Do you know that in health and sickness pure water is one of heaven’s choicest blessings? It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. However, when we look at the Bible we find that God often refers to another use of water as being a cleansing agent since it symbolises purity.
Drinking water helps:
- Helps to maintain the balance of body fluids since your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, and creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature.
- Water Can Help Control Calories drinking water does not have a magical effect with helping us lose weight, but if we consume water instead of having a high caloric beverage it will help in us not putting on excessive weight.
- Water Helps Energize Muscles Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. When exercising it is essential to have an adequate fluid intake to replace the fluid lost through sweat when exercising.
- Water helps keep skin looking good since your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin look drier and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.
- Water Helps Your Kidneys your kidneys operate as the filter in the body since it gets rid of waste which is excreted through the urine. If however there is not adequate intake of water this process of excretion of the kidneys becomes difficult, the urine becomes concentrated and the odor increases, since the body has to use the limited amount of water for other bodily functions.
- Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function just like the kidneys the excretion function is dependent on our intake of water. Inadequate intake of water leads to constipation.