“Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.”
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,1978
These immortal lines illustrate the importance of water in our lives. The human body is composed of water. It is the essential component in our blood, muscles, bones and tissues. It is the life force of our existence. Water is one of the most important agents fuelling our physical functions.
Functions of Water
Water is basically responsible for dissolving the soluble nutrients and transporting them to different parts of the body. It also supplies the bloodstream with the energy and protein for different biological processes. Moreover, it helps remove toxins from our body. Life without water would be unsustainable. Physical functions will slow down and eventually collapse. The average daily fluid loss is accounted to be at least 2.5 litres, which is given away in excreta, perspiration and in maintaining physical functions. Not replenishing this loss will result in the breakdown of the core cells and prove to be fatal.
Results of Dehydration
The lack of sufficient fluid in the body strains cellular function, forcing them to absorb the water from the bloodstream. This, in turn, affects the heart and causes it to work harder at restoring moisture balance. Since the kidneys need water to be able to clean the body of toxins, failure to function properly causes an alarming increase of toxins in the body. Constant dehydration gives way to dermatological problems along with increased chances of cardiac arrests, high blood pressure, digestive troubles and urinary infections.
How Much Water to Drink
The daily requirement depends on a person’s weight. It is clinically assumed that for every kilogram of weight, one would require to drink .033 litres of water. Since the average weight of an adult Indian male is 60 kilograms, drinking 2 litres of water a day would be the correct calculated estimate. This accounts for the entire fluid intake of the day, including soups, juices, watery vegetables and fresh citrus fruits. Staying away from caffeinated drinks, aerated water, and sugar-based drinks will be beneficial in the long run. They extract more fluids to aid in assimilating them, than required. This ends up depleting the water reserves in the body. Drink a glass of water, first thing in the morning, to cleanse your toxins.
Water is an extremely essential part of your life. Ignoring your urge to drink water will prove to be detrimental in the long run. So drink water properly and enjoy a lifetime of good health.