One of the most talked about substances on this planet, and the best known liquid for all living creatures, is water.
Whether you like water or not, you know that for some reason it is incomparably good for you, every where you turn the “8 cups a day” phrase is being used in advertising, education and media. Your friends and family all seem to know the secret benefits better than you as they swallow each glass with ease. I used to hate drinking water myself, couldn’t stand the taste and always wanted a drink pumped with sugar; over the years of studying I slowly taught myself the necessity of pure water, I never looked back.
So, what is all the hype about? Why is water such an integral part of our lives? How is it such a massively important fluid? Although this phenomenon is told by many, most don’t know the truth behind the advantages of water; and why it is so important for us to drink.
You have probably heard by now that human beings are made up of around 70% water (55%-78%), to ensure the maintenance of this people are told to drink around 1.5-2 Litres of water per day. This is a start, but depending on activity, climate and circumstance; a person may in fact need to consume up to 7 Litres of water per day to prevent dehydration.
Dehydration is the result of not drinking enough water, it is a warning from the body and can result in many more problems. Starting with feeling thirsty, leading on to head aches, dizziness, fainting; severe cases can cause death. To prevent dehydration; bodies need sufficient water throughout the day, increase should be made when exercising or in a hot environment. Pregnant and breast feeding women should increase water intake throughout these periods.
That’s the serious stuff, so what else is water good for?
Water is an aid to weight loss, helps to keep skin healthy, assists the body with fighting infection, gets rid of toxins in the body, promotes a healthy heart, prevents joint pain and arthritis, boosts energy, prevents and treats constipation, reduces risk of cancer and improves productivity. Drinking a glass before sleeping can also help to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Water is the majority of your body; so if you want your body to maintain itself with optimum health, you need to relinquish yourself with what it needs. As cells replace, take responsibility on replacing them with fresh, healthy, improved cells; provide them with the water required to rebuild.
Water is not only your body’s fuel and building block, but your minds nourishment too. More powerful than any energy drink, water will wake you up and give you the drive you need to get through your day.
Are you starting to understand the hype yet?
Are you thirsty yet?
71% of the world’s surface is water.
Do your bit to help the environment and provide safe drinking water to the masses.
Take advantage of your own access to safe drinking water and live a healthy lifestyle inshaAllah.
Happy drinking! 🙂
Safiyah Esack 04/03/2013