Water is one of the essential substances on earth. It’s more important than food to your system. Don’t stay thirsty my friends, keep yourself always hydrated. All living things (Humans, plants, animals) must have water to survive.
If there was no water there would be no life on earth, water is known as the worlds’ first and foremost medicine, scientists describe water as “the universal solvent”. Water helps your body absorb macro-nutrients (like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber and micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals) and other trace elements to maintain good health, fitness or achieve weight loss or weight gain targets easily.
Why do we need to drink enough water daily?
Your body needs an adequate volume of water daily as you’re always excreting fluids through saliva, sweat and urine, your body need to constantly replenish the lost fluids hence you need to always keep hydrated to be refilling the stores. Hydration (drinking enough water) helps you maintain the body fluids balance and in turn systems function ultimately
Just like your diesel engine truck can’t take you far or start as normal without diesel, your body can’t function properly without water. The body fluids helps in digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva formation, transportation of nutrients, as well as regulating the body temperature.
Advantages of drinking enough Water
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 24/7) lists the following as benefits of drinking water (keeping hydrated):
- Helps in regulating your body temperature
- Helps in lubricating and cushioning your joints and ligaments
- Helps in protecting the spine and other vital tissues in the body
- Helps in eliminating wastes through urine, sweat, and bowel movements
- Also helps in food digestion and in boosting your energy level.
Water is not only needed for drinking purposes, and/or helping the organs function properly, people have many other needs which they can barely solve without water. These includes:
- Cooking/food preparations
- Washing their bodies
- Washing clothes and cars
- Washing cooking and eating utensils
- Keeping houses and other environs clean
- For recreational purposes such as swimming pools and mud
- Keeping alive domestic animals, plants in gardens & parks or games reserves etc.
- Also needed for constructions and manufacture of many products.
How much water do your body need daily? (Water recommendations)
The daily recommended volume of water intake for different individuals varies based on many factors which includes the age, gender, activity level and the climatic condition of the person’s location. Generally, according to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in their report stated that “men should drink about 15.5 cups of fluid per day and women should drink about 11.5 cups of fluid per day”.
As well the current IOM recommendation for people ages 19 and older is estimated to 131 ounces for men and 95 ounces for women; these constitutes the total fluid intake for the day, including anything that’s consumed for the day that contains water… like beverages, fruits or vegetables.
Other means of getting more water to the body
Fortunately, one does not get hydrated by drinking portable water and other beverages only, normally ordinary foods we consume on daily basis contributes to about 20 percent of the total water intake for the day.
A regular healthy diet helps contribute to hydration; having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables in addition to drinking portable water regularly can easily help you meet your daily hydration needs. Water-rich foods includes watermelons, soups, tomatoes, lettuces, yogurts, bell peppers and most fruits like orange, pawpaw, berries etc. Some other liquids also can help you stay hydrated, but beware of dehydrating liquids, such as beverages with caffeine or alcoholic as these after a while can leave you more dehydrated instead.
How Long Can a person Survive Without Water?
Water is Life “No Water, No Life!”
You can’t survive without water for very long time, but the exact period you can live without water actually varies. This is because certain factors contribute to your body’s need or use of water; Your health status, weight level, age, gender, physical activity level, environmental conditions, food intake.
…the above factors contribute to the way your body uses water; for instance, one who’s sick of fever, or vomiting, or have diarrhea or catarrh will be losing more water than normal; also if you’re in a hot zone, your body will feel hotter or you sweat, making you to lose more water than one (or when you’re) in mild or cold zone, your body will also use more water if you engage in physical activity or exercise.
Furthermore, some foods consumed will have more water in them than others. Meanwhile it’s only possible to survive without water for a matter of days but not for quite long period.
Effects of lack of water in your body
Your kidneys need enough water to function effectively, conversely the kidneys can’t function appropriately without water, whereas it needs to function adequately to be able to continue purifying, refining and discharging unwanted substances from the blood particularly and the system in general, and if eventually your kidneys fail and cease to function you can’t sweat or urinate as normal and here an issue is developed in the system then the body would be at a high risk this time as any disease would be accommodated in the body and the disease will take over the system hence at this time the immune system is automatically down.
Other organs in your body may also cease to function without water, for instance:
- Imbalanced electrolytes
- Body temperature not regulated
- Blood pressure may go high or drop
- Brain may swell and limit functioning
- The eyes may get blurred and no more seeing clearly
- Joints may commence malfunctioning and you feel tired
Without enough water, systems in your body will change. Your cells will shrink and the kidneys will use more energy and wear on tissues.
Generally, the feeling of thirst is a great guide when it comes to how much water you should drink or your body requires. You should also be aware that exercise, hot temperatures, and illness can contribute to your body requiring more water to keep functioning properly. Reach out to your doctor if you suspect dehydration or complications.
If you’re severely dehydrated, probably you’re far away from source of water and you eventually find some water, at this time you need to re-hydrate carefully, don’t drink a lot of water at once because this is not healthy as it can cause you more harm than good, just drink bit by bit in seconds or minutes until you feel OK.
Finally, it’s very important to make sure you don’t go for a workout dehydrated, conversely over-hydrating (drinking excess of fluid substances) just before a workout can cause you to feel full and keep you from reaching your workout goal(s), instead you should take your water bottle along to be able to refill when you need to.