Water: A Lubricant for Our Body

Why do we drink water?

  • Dihydrogenperoxide does more than just quenching our thirst. It helps regulate our body’s temperature too.
  • It helps in maintaining the required level of hydration in all parts of the body.
  • We use lubricants at places where two metals or moving parts are joined or come together. Similarly, water acts as a lubricant for our joints and spinal cords.
  • Digestion relies on enzymes that are formed from saliva. The basis of saliva formation comes from the water content in our body. Dihydrogenperoxide aids in digestion, and makes nutrients and minerals readily accessible to our body.
  • Excessive sweating, fever, high heat, tough exercising and other factors dehydrate your body and can cause health problems. Water prevents dehydration and restores the body’s condition.

How much should you drink every day?

  • Well, the answer to this question depends upon a range of factor like climate, physical fitness or any health related problems one has.
  • Many of them drink water when they feel thirsty, and there is no hard rule to drink x volume of water every day.
  • One way to self examine your water intake and hydrations levels is by looking at your urine’s colour. If it’s clear, you are in a perfect shape. If it’s in dark color, you are dehydrating. Increase your water or fluid intake accordingly and stay fit.

Water keeps the tissues in our body moisturised. Cold water eases good sensation and improves brain activity because it contains more oxygen density. An inadequate amount of water intake per day might affect digestion process and the body excretes wastes through perspiration, defecation, and urination. Water keeps the intestines soft and prevents constipation. But there is no proof that increasing fluid intake will reduce constipation problems.

Myths About Water and Health

  • The most common myth about water is the famous phrase that says ‘eight glasses of water every day is a must for the human body’. While many have failed to figure from where this has originated the present RDA recommends total beverage and calorie consumption, not just water.
  • Many of us must have heard someone or the other saying that drinking water neutralizes the body toxins and other wastes but, it’s the kidney that flushes the wastes and toxins, and it cannot function properly without adequate water supply.
  • People say that drinking bottled water can cause tooth decay. Well, that isn’t true. Bottled water doesn’t contain fluoride unlike tap water and that’s why increased bottled water consumption may increase the risk of getting cavities.
  • The water we drink does not reach the top layer of the skin, so the myth about drinking more water will help in retaining moisture in the skin is false. Dry skin is caused by external factors such as the number of oil producing glands, the amount of oil they produce, skin cleansing, etc.
  • Water can aid the process of weight-loss but it won’t help in weight reduction. Cold water helps increase your metabolism and it can make you feel fuller. As it replaces calorie containing beverages, it helps in reducing your overall calorie intake.
  • ‘If you are thirsty then, you are dehydrating’. Well, this saying is absurd because one feels thirsty when the concentration of his/her blood has risen by 2% and dehydration occurs if and only if the rise in concentration exceeds 5%.
  • Drinking water while eating dilutes the acid secreted by the stomach and can result in digestion problems. So one has to avoid drinking excessive water while eating. Fortunately, this myth is true.