One of the most important essentials in life is water. Being one of the basic needs that allow a person to stand on his feet, water makes up 60% of our body. For this reason, drinking water is very important for humans. Of course, drinking water has a positive effect on the human body. The mechanism of the human body allows the body to remain hungry for a certain period of time and live without taking any food. The same mechanism cannot provide resistance to thirst. The main reason for this is that 85% of water is in the brain, 80% in the blood and 70% in the muscles. Thus, the frequently used expression “necessary as air and water”, which is the equivalent of the word “need”, was also reflected in these studies. Speaking of expressions, we could not but mention the verses related to water in Nizami Ganjavi’s poem “Instruction to my son Muhammad”.
The water is clear like a pearl,
But in excess, it also causes harm!
So what is the benefit or harm of water? Let’s talk about it!
Everyone knows that water is needed to meet most of our daily needs. From digesting the food we eat to sweating or crying, water is essential to many human needs. The benefits of this essential substance are listed below:
We have learned that drinking water is good for almost every internal and external part of our body. But is there a limit to drinking water? Or how much water should you drink throughout the day to reap these benefits? Let’s look at it together.
Every day, an average of 1500-2000 ml of water is consumed with secretions from the body, 400 ml with sweat and evaporation from the skin, and an average of 300 ml with breathing. In general, the human body loses an average of 2500 ml of water daily. In summer, this amount increases by about 500 ml. The water we get from food is only enough for 20-30% of this need. For this reason, it is necessary to replenish the lack of water in the body with drinking water. But how much water should a healthy person drink during the day? Based on research, it has been proven that a healthy body needs 2-3 liters of water. However, this number is individual for each body type and organism. Thus, factors such as height, weight, age determine the amount of water needed by the body. In general, the amount of water that you need to drink during the day averages 2-3 liters.
The amount of water you need throughout the day depends on how active you are, the ambient temperature, and your general health. If you exercise or do something that makes you sweat, your need for water increases. For short-term exercises of medium intensity, 400-600 ml of additional water is required. This need increases with longer and more intense workouts. Hot and humid environments also increase sweating and with it the need for water. In addition, with fever, diarrhea, and vomiting, water loss increases and it becomes necessary to drink more water. The periods of pregnancy and lactation are also situations when it is necessary to increase water intake. Therefore, pregnant women are recommended to drink 2.5 liters per day, and nursing mothers 3 liters per day.
For many years, there has been talk about the benefits of drinking water in the morning on an empty stomach. We mentioned the benefits of drinking water above, and now let’s talk about the benefits of drinking water in the morning. Drinking water in the morning on an empty stomach primarily cleanses the walls of the stomach and intestines. Thus, water before breakfast clears the esophagus and digestive tract of night food and the digestive system is prepared for eating. In addition, drinking water in the morning has a positive effect on metabolism. Drinking water also relieves the problem of excess weight due to its positive effect on metabolism. That is why nutritionists strongly recommend drinking water in the morning on an empty stomach. You can even speed up the liver detox process by tossing a slice of lemon into the water you drink.
The kidneys are the filters of our body. Our kidneys, acting as a filter, provide water balance and regulate blood pressure. In a word, without the kidneys, the mechanism of our body is broken. For this reason, it is essential to ensure and protect the health of the kidneys. Water is the main factor for kidney health. It is necessary to take enough water to remove the waste products generated in the body. The benefits of drinking water for the kidneys are listed below:
In a word, water is life. Improve your quality of life with water and live in a healthy body!