Importance Of Water In Diet

We all know that water is a major and important part of our body. But we have not given enough attention has been paid to water and its importance in diet.Water is one of the most necessary elements for our body to operate efficiently. Every cell in our body depends upon water to function properly yet most of us do not understand the role of this vital nutrient.

It takes just atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen to create the unique essence of human life... water. The power of this thirst quencher, skin purifier, stomach cleaner, weight controller and cornucopia of good health has often been underestimated.

Water was, in face an integral part of the treatment of several diseases and disorders by ancient Egyptians, Jews, Greeks, Persians and Hindus for several centuries. The Chinese used water as a remedy several centuries before Christ. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, successfully used a combination of hot and cold water for the management of several diseases like fever, ulcers and internal or external bleeding.

Up to 70 per cent of our total body weight comes from water, Inadequate intake of water could lead to major diseases that modern medicine can treat but fail to cure. Along with being a natural curative, a sip of water lowers body temperature, dilutes blood to the required consistency, promoted excretion of poisons from the skin in the form of evaporation, stimulates the normal functions of the kidneys and increases the movements of the intestines. Hot water works as a laxative and sedative and relieves pain, cramps and spasms. It also increases the metabolic rate and aids digestion.

Water acts as a solvent, coolant, lubricant and transport agent. The amount of bosy water varies with body fat. The percentage of water to body weight is greater in lean individuals. This is due to the nearly water free characteristics of fat tissue, which results in bodies with more fatty tissues containing proprotionately less water than bodies with less fatty tissue.

Besides keeping body temperature stable, water carries nutrients eliminates toxins and waste products, maintains blood volume and provides the medium in which chemical reactions occurs in the cells.

The body has three sources of water: fluid intake, water content of food, and the fluid released during metabolism of protiens, carbohydrates and lipids.

Though thirst is the body's way of signalling that eater is required, most of us ignore the signal. Most people, on average, drink only eight ounces( one cup) of water per day as against the recommended intake of at least 6-8 glasses per day. The rest of the water the body needs must be extracted from other liquids or foods that we eat. Not enough water is a real threat to the system. Many chemical reactions inside the bosy will not occur without the right amount of water.

It only takes a one percent fluid loss in the body become dehydrated.

The generally happens prior to any conscious sensation of being thirsty. Very small shortages of water can dramatically change and district biochemistry. Exercise physiologists consider water as the single most important variable in peak performance. Your muscle can lose upto ten percent of their contractile strength and eight percent of speed from only three percent dehydration.

A small change make a big difference when it comes to water.
If you do a lot of travel by air, you can lose as much as two pounds of water in a three to four hour flight. Stress, alcohol and caffeine all influence the amount of water and the speed in which your body loses it. Any of  these factors, alone or in combination, could cause a small but critical shrinkage of the brain. This small shrinkage will impair neuromucular coordination, decrease concentration, and slow down thinking. The average amount of water loss per day is two cups through breathing, two cups through invisible perspiration, and six cups through urination and bowel movements. That is a total of ten cups lost perday without taking into account perspiration from exercise or hard work, excessively dry air, or alcohol and caffeine consumption.


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