Health – Water | The Ultimate Lifeline

Health – Water | The Ultimate Lifeline
08 Mar

By Aisha Tariq, Islamabad

For all living beings, water is very essential. Whether it is an animal or human, we all need water to survive. Many of us, however, don’t realize what a blessing it is to have clean, pure water at our disposal and that we should take full advantage of this blessing. Drinking water is not something we pay a lot of attention towards, and especially in winters, when we don’t feel very thirst, hardly any water is consumed. This is not healthy at all, since 2 litres of water must be taken in every day. You may not realize it now, but not drinking enough water can have really bad long-term effects on your body.

Advantages Of Drinking Water

  • Relieves fatigue as feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration.
  • Promotes weight loss because it flushes out your system, including some extra fats.
  • Improves skin immensely. Try drinking more water for three-four days and you will note the difference. Pimples and wrinkles go away, skin looks fresher and dark circles fade away.
  • Boosts immune system as water contains some very important minerals.
  • Cramps and sprains can be prevented by proper hydration as it lubricates the joints and muscles.
  • Have a headache? Put those painkillers aside and drink water instead. It corrects the electrolyte imbalance and dehydration, which ends the pain.
  • Water improves your mood. Just like eating a banana, it releases certain hormones that make you happy.
  • It reduces the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 50% and bladder cancer by 50%.
  • Keep kidneys working, and helps prevent kidney stones.
  • Gives you a better appetite because consuming more water makes space in the stomach, allowing you to eat more without getting fat.
  • Drinking at least 6 cups of water per day is a very good habit, but when it exceeds that amount, water can prove to be fatal.

Water (2)Blood dilution is caused by the intake of too much water. This happens when the blood thins down and the red blood cells burst, due to an excessive amount of water. It puts a great burden on one’s heart and kidneys. When the volume of fluid in our blood increases, the heart is automatically put under a large amount of strain, as well as the kidneys. The kidneys filter water but when there’s too much fluid, the whole system becomes disrupted and this can lead to death. When water overflows their capacity, cells burst open. This is exactly what can happen to our brain cells, causing brain edema (swelling up of the brain). Earlier this year, a 28 year old woman drank 6 litres of water in 3 hours for a competition, and died. The same thing happened to a man in 2005, when he was forced to drink excessive amounts of water during workout sessions. Drinking water in a controlled manner is, however, very beneficial for our health and the benefits most definitely overrule the disadvantages.

Here Are Some Facts About Water That You Probably Didn’t Know

  • The weight that a person loses directly after a workout session is the loss of water, not fat.
  • Water washes away cavities.
  • Our bones are composed of 31% water.
  • In Peru, there’s a billboard that creates drinkable water out of thin air.
  • 20% of the worlds frozen fresh water is contained within a single lake in Russia.
  • Only 1% of the water in this world is drinkable.

Having easy access to safe, uncontaminated water is something we all take for granted. There is currently a water crisis in the world, in which many areas are affected and not being supplied with water. It has been estimated that every one hour, 200 children die due to unsafe water, and 783 million people in this world do not have safe, unpolluted water. (700 million of these people are in China alone.) So don’t waste it, but remember to drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day! Live healthy, live longer!

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