How Drinking Enough Water Can Change Your Life

Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 11:53 AM

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Water is life. And by water, we mean “potable water.” Potable water, also called drinking water, is that which is safe to drink and whose consumption will not cause ill-health. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) defines potable water as “water that can be consumed by humans without ill effects.” Non-potable water poses the risk of water-borne diseases. WHO has specified the allowable concentration levels of elements and substances in potable water.
 
The importance of drinking enough potable water cannot be undermined. On an average, plenty of water usually refers to a total daily quantity of at least 9-13 cups or around eight to ten eight-ounce glasses of water.
 
A necessary constituent of the body: Potable water ranks only second to air in terms of necessity for survival. The most common element after air is water. The adult human body is 60% to 70% water. Research indicates that while there is a possibility of surviving without food for even a month, there is absolutely no way that humans can survive without water beyond a few days. The shocking truth is most of us are dehydrated and we don’t even know it.
 
Warding off ailments: Getting enough water not only helps to keep dehydration at bay but also prevents the occurrence of many symptoms such as headaches, muscle spasms, back pain, and tiredness. Bottled drinking water is known to reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking enough potable water is important to fight poor muscle tone, excess body fat, water-retention problems like edema, muscle soreness, and digestive complications.
 
Improved appearance: If you want healthier, vibrant, younger and better looking skin, the best way is to drink a lot of water every day. Weight loss and lowered risk of heart attack are some of the other benefits of drinking enough water.
 
Source of trace minerals: Water is a storehouse of many essential minerals that include sodium, potassium, fluoride. These minerals are essential for our health. Spring water is particularly rich in trace minerals. Bottled mineral water contains minerals in specified amounts.
 
Elimination of toxins: Plenty of water is necessary to eliminate our body’s toxins that may even poison us if not eliminated. The kidneys, organs that are largely responsible for the filtration of waste like uric acid and urea, can only function to eliminate these after the toxins have been dissolved in water. Water is required for essential biological processes such as digestion and metabolism. Dehydration can also result in the formation of kidney stones. Water is a medium for transporting oxygen and nutrients to the cells through the blood. The benefits of drinking enough potable water include restoring the minerals and electrolytes lost through perspiration. Drinking enough water is also necessary for its joint lubricating action. Water acts as an essential catalyst in many biochemical reactions.
 
For breathing and metabolism: Lungs need moisture to absorb oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide. The process results in the loss of nearly a pint of water each day simply through the exhalation process. Obesity specialists state that water and its constituent minerals are essential for efficient organ functioning and for reducing the body fat. The benefits of drinking enough water include faster metabolism as fat gets broken down more rapidly with the help of water. Drinking more water also makes you tend to eat less and this practice helps control body weight.
 
The best way to gain access to all these benefits for a leaner, toned, and healthy body is by spreading your intake of water throughout the day. Apart from this, the best part is water also helps improve concentration and focus.

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