With the recent flooding at the lodge, I thought that it would be a good idea to discuss water and its importance to the human body. It is a well-known fact that we would die in a few days’ time without water, but could survive a lot longer without food. This makes sense considering that two thirds of our bodies consist out of water. It must therefore be vital. Of the two thirds, only 2% actually signals dehydration in the body, as the rest of the water forms part of our brain material, blood and lungs.
Typical signs of dehydration – A dry mouth
- Cracked lips
- Constant headaches
- Fuzzy short-term memory
- Daytime fatigue, to name but a few.
Water forms a vital part of daily body maintenance and that is what makes it so important!
1. It forms the fluids that surround the joints to keep us mobile. It also moistens tissues, such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose.
2. It regulates the body’s temperature.
3. It plays a key role in the prevention of disease. Drinking your 8 glasses of water a day helps to flush out toxins from your body. This in turn helps ease the pressure on our kidneys and liver.
4. Water aids the breakdown of nutrients and minerals in order for the body to easier absorb these. It is here where I would like to say that all things are good in moderation. Too little water is not good, but too much water can prevent the body from absorbing the needed nutrition as it will flush it all out before absorption can take place.
5. It carries not only nutrients, but also oxygen to the cells.
6. Helps to regulate our metabolism and prevents constipation.
7. When it comes to the skin, water helps us to look younger and healthier. Our skin looks plumped up a glowing when our bodies have sufficient water supplies.
With most of our body functions being dependent on water, make sure that you get your 2l a day and try to get your hands on the best water you possibly can!
Remember, for every cup of coffee or glass of wine (beers and soft drinks also counts) you need to drink an additional glass of water.
My final words of advice: do not just look after your body, but also look after nature. In turn, it will supply some of the most vital supplements we need in order to survive!
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