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How Does Water Function in Your Body?

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How Does Water Function in Your Body?

The most essential component of the body is water. Water, which makes up two-thirds of the body, is needed for the body to run efficiently — almost three quarts of water in the body is replaced daily. It goes without saying that the intake of water is greatly important for not only our health and diet, but for many functions in the body as well. Water helps us to digest food, facilitate the movement of the joints, and protect various tissues and organs in the body. Drinking water has proven its ability t o process and store fats.

However, the most important usage of water is preventing your body from dehydrating. Maintaining a supply of water in your body allows it comfortably carry out its daily functions. Water is necessary in digesting solid foods and absorbing the nutrients into the body. Solid food is broken down by the enzymes and acids in the stomach and turns into a homogenized fluid. The fluid then travels easily through the intestines. How does water help? Water can prevent heartburn, constipation, and allow the digestion to remain constant.

Water is also needed to maintain proper blood circulation throughout the body. It carries nutrients and oxygen to cells while getting rid of toxins. It helps to maintain homeostasis; water helps cool the body when it is overheated and stores extra heat when it gets too cold. Water facilitates each body part to perform its individual functions.

Many people don't understand the connection between water and joint protection, either. Each joint within the body carries with it a thin layer of carpet. This natural protection cushions the areas between the bones. When the body is deprived of water, causing dehydration, arthritis can develop. Water also provides protection along the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, and protects the spinal cord from damage and shock. What can't water do?

If you're ever feeling thirsty, chances are that you're already dehydrated. Dehydration causes plenty of unpleasant effects on the body. When there isn't enough water in your system, the body must work twice as hard to circulate the remaining water. If there isn't enough water available, liver and kidney functions start to fail and fat is not properly metabolized. Basically, the more water you drink, the more efficiently your body will be able to work.

Studies have consistently proven that water consumption is a fundamental element of living a healthy life. Dehydration can exacerbate preexisting problems such as ulcers, dizziness, disorientation, etc. Most unsettling is that if you don't drink enough water, your body will start to store it and cause enzymatic reactions to occur through the body. It is necessary to consume enough water because it is needed to move important elements throughout the lymphatic system and blood stream.

To figure out how much water you should be drinking a day, just take your weight and divide it by half. A person that weighs 200 pounds need to drink 100 ounces of water a day; you should drink more water if you weigh more. Also, if you frequently exercise, the more water you should drink. Another suggestion: Warm water digests more quickly that cold, so opt for room-temperature, if possible. One way to check if you are consuming enough water is to look at your urine. If the color is lighter, the better it is.

Drink more water! It's good for you!

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