Water is one of the most vital nutrients that is crucial for our health and wellbeing. Although water has various functions in the body, here are five reasons to meet water requirements.
1.Energy Levels and Brain Function
Staying hydrated has a critical effect on energy levels, brain function and mood. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and disorientation as the flow of oxygen. As a result the heart is has to work harder to transport oxygen around the body. Thus we must meet the recommended water requirements to maintain good energy levels. It is also important to drink water continuously throughout the day to prevent headaches.
2. Transport nutrients around the body
The human body contains aproximately 70% water which is stored in different compartments. So, to ensure the efficient transport of nutrients around the body, adequate amounts of water is needed.
3. Remove Waste
Water is a fundamental nutrient which helps our kidneys remove waste products. Without an adequate supply of water, our kidneys would not be able to effectively remove waste products from the blood. Adequate water intake will also prevent the formation of kidney stones.
4. Relieve Constipation
One of the common causes of constipation is dehydration. When we drink enough water, less water is withdrawn from the colon, ensuring stools are soft and easy to pass. However, when our body is dehydrated, the colon absorbs more water than normal which extends the length of time the stool moves through the colon (i.e. constipation). Therefore, it is important to drink adequate amounts of water to help your stool pass smoothly through your bowels. It is also particularly important to meet water requirements as fibre absorbs lots of water, which may contribute to constipation.
5. Weight management
Often we mistake thirst for hunger, so drinking a glass of water before eating can assist with weight management/prevent overeating. The reason being, water expands your stomach, reduces sensations of hunger and leaves you feeling full. Also, water may suppresses one’s appetite leading to a decrease in caloric intake.
Hope these five reasons to meet water requirements was enough to ensure you stay hydrated all year around. To know if you are drinking enough, use the colour of your urine as a guide. If it is pale yellow, keep drinking at the same rate. However, if it is darker you need to increase your water intake.
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