Life without water doesn’t exist, and we all know it. Another thing we know is the unwritten rule that each and every one of us should drink 8 glasses of water daily. Since water is essential for life, NASA researchers were thrilled when they discovered potential traces of water on Mars. For the first time in history, humans have found something which suggests that life is possible on another planet.
Back on Earth, however, we are very lucky to have an abundance of this precious resource which we are clearly taking for granted.
4 Amazing Things Water Is Doing For Your Body
- Water Gives Our Cells Their Structure
Water is the main bonding adhesive component in the structure of our cells. The cellular membrane is aligned around the presence of a specific amount of water. In case of excess or lack of water, the membranes of cells could collapse or burst, thus become useless.
- Water Transports Energy, Nutrients, and Waste
Water is the most important component of our blood. Blood serves as the carrier to all the important nutrients and energy to all cells in the body.
Once the energy and nutrients are sent to the cells, the blood then transports any cellular waste to the kidneys, liver, and spleen for detoxification and removal from the body.
Each human body needs a proper balance of water in order to be able to dissolve nutrients and waste into it, so that it can be moved from organ to organ, allowing the entire body system to function at full capacity.
- Water is necessary for Signaling between Cells
Signals in our body can be sent in many different ways. Neurons, the cells that make up our nerves signal, send signals to each other and to other organs (digestive organs, muscles, lungs) with the help of Neurotransmitters, small proteins that are formed with water intake.
Another method of cellular signaling is by hormones. Hormones are formed in various organs and glands of the body (such as hypothalamus, adrenal glands, and thyroid glands) and are transported through the bloodstream to their target cells. If there is a lack of water in the body, cellular signaling and communication would be simply impossible.
- Water is needed for Proper Digestion
The foods we eat will not travel through our digestive tract at a correct pace if we aren’t getting enough water from our diet. This could lead to constipation.
On the other hand, if our water intake is too high, the foods we eat will move through our digestive tract too quickly and will not be absorbed properly. Also, excessive amount of water in our body could also cause diarrhea.
For these reasons, having a proper balance of intake and absorption of water through our intestines is of utmost importance for proper functioning of the digestive tract.
This is great, but how can we achieve a proper balance of water in our diets?
The human body absorbs the body through the large intestine. However, much of our food intake has a high composition of water. So, people who are having a diet that is based on fruits and veggies do not need to drink as much water as those who have a diet that is rich in protein, fat, and processed carbohydrates.
A List of Fruits and Veggies with High Water Content by Volume
- 96% = Cucumber, Lettuce
- 95% = Celery, Radish, Zucchini
- 94% = Tomato
- 93% = Green Cabbage
- 92% = Spinach, Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Watermelon, and Strawberries,
- 91% =Broccoli, Grapefruit
Dehydration and overhydration are not issues that should be taken lightly because their effects can be far-reaching. Therefore, it is very important to consume a safe amount of water daily – between 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water.
We strongly recommend you to filter your water before you drink it because our municipal water treatment plants are unable to completely remove the harmful substances from the water.
You should avoid drinking water from plastic bottles because the contents of the bottles could cause serious harm in the long-term.
Also, if you are highly active or work in higher temperatures, you will need a higher amount of water to keep you cool and to function optimally.
If you are having health problems or are taking any medications, please consult with your doctor before changing your water intake.
Original Source: http://theheartysoul.com/hydrating-foods-water-content/
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