Drinking water has numerous benefits -
Water carries nutrients to all cells in out body and oxygen to our brain. Water allows the body to absorb and assimilate minerals, vitamins, amino acids, glucose and other substances. Water flushes out toxins and waste and also helps regulate body temperature.
Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60% water?
Your body uses water in all its cells, organs and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Your body loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion. It's important to hydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are and whether you're experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.
Water helps your body remove waste
Adequate water intake enables your body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination and defecation. The kidneys and liver use it to help flush out waste as do your intestines. Water can also keep you from getting constipated by softening your stools and helping move the fluid you've eaten through your intestinal tract. However it should be noted that there is no evidence to prove that increasing your fluid intake will cure constipation.
Water prevents you from being hydrated
Your body loses fluids from when you engage in vigorous exercise, sweat in high heat or come down with a fever or illness.
If you are losing fluids for any of these reasons, its important to increase your fluid intake so that you can restore your body's natural hydration levels.
How much water do you need?
There's no hard and fast rule, many individuals meet their daily hydration needs by simply drinking water when they are thirsty, according to a report on nutrient recommendations from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
In fact, most people who are in good physical health get enough fluids by drinking water and other beverages when they are thirsty.
If you are not sure about your hydration level, look at your urine. If it's clear you're in good shape, if it's dark you're probably dehydrated.