Water makes up about 58% of the human body. Fifty-eight percent!
Water is the only natural drink on the entire planet that benefits all living things.
Milk, depending on your species, is great for growing babies. Fruit juices, blood, and other liquids are good nourishment for certain types of creatures but that’s an entirely different subject that we may or may not ever talk about again.
Since a human is more than 50% water, we can assume that it’s kinda important. Why? We just can’t operate without it. Every system that keeps you alive requires it.
- Fatigue is a common symptom of a lack of water. Not be be confused with dehydration (which can be much more serious), a lack of the right amount of water causes your enzymatic functions to slow down. Enzymes help with digestion and your metabolism, so you can see why this is important.
- High blood pressure is also (partly) caused by not drinking enough water. Your blood is roughly 92% water, and when there’s not enough the blood becomes thicker and resists a natural flow.
- Well hydrated skin is capable of releasing toxins. When your skin is not as well taken care of (and yes, drinking water helps) your skin is more vulnerable to an assortment of skin disorders due to being unable to release toxins properly. This can include psoriasis and dermatitis, as well as premature wrinkling and even discoloration.
Water not only keeps you from having these reactions, it provides great benefits like…
- Your eyes, spine, brain, joints, saliva (which plays a huge role in the digestive process), and digestive juices all depend on the lubricating effects of water.
- Regulating your body temperature is not something that we think about very often, unless we sweat, shiver, or run a fever. In reality when you’re fully hydrated water is the responsible party when it comes to making sure the hot weather doesn’t shut down your organs.
- Blood plays a big part in carrying oxygen to your organs and taking the carbon dioxide away. Even though you may have assumed that your blood is responsible for carrying nutrients like vitamins to the internal organs, you have been wrong. Water is what transports nutrients and chemicals around and through your organs, tissues and various systems.
- In case you haven’t noticed, half of your waste is liquid. (You know, “number one”.) This is not extra water, it’s water that has collected a variety of inorganic salts and organic compounds, including proteins that your body does not need. Water also helps your other waste move through smoothly, helping you avoid constipation.
Even though water is essential to human life, and basically all life on this planet, it can be harmful. Have you ever watered a plant more than usual and it started to wilt? This is over hydration – and just like with the plant, you can suffer potentially dangerous effects.
- Too much water can upset the balance of water and sodium in your blood. Low sodium in your blood is also known as hyponatremia. Sodium is an electrolyte (which means it carries an electrical charge) that assists with muscle contractions and stabilizes your cell membranes.
- Water retention happens when you ingest more water than your kidneys can process. This is called edema and most often effects the hands, arms, face, abdomen, and lungs.
- The most dangerous symptoms of over hydration are muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, seizures, unconsciousness, and possibly coma.
Overhydration is often referred to as water intoxication or water poisoning.
This can be very serious, and to diagnose and treat you would need to see a medical professional.
Although there is no solid scientific evidence to prove that alkaline water is best for you (versus non alkaline water), it is less acidic and due to this may actually be easier on and better for your body. I thrive on acidic foods and don’t necessarily mind having non alkaline water, so just know your body best and made an educated choice.
“Water, water everywhere” is a line from an epic poem I’m very fond of called “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge .