Water offers health benefits for the body
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Water offers health benefits for the body

Published 11/15/16

Kasidee Webb

TNE Writer

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to keep the body healthy. The body is composed of about 70 percent water. Water plays an essential role in the functioning of the circulatory, respiratory, excretory and nervous systems, along with metabolic reactions, maintenance of skin components and a prevention of a number of disorders. Water provides fluid balance by helping transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature and digest food. The body loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion. It is vital to rehydrate.

"Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water and foods,” said Micah Metcalf, Checotah freshman. “All of these are daily essential to replace the large amounts of water lost each day.”

Benefits of drinking water include the maintenance of pH balance, body temperature, metabolism and breathing, as well as prevention of constipation, heartburn, migraines, gastritis, ulcers, kidney stones, cardiovascular disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, backaches and osteoporosis. Drinking water can help fight infections all over the body. It flushes out toxins, and when the body is dehydrated, it is more likely to be affected by an illness.

“Water is the best source to staying hydrated properly,” said Maecie Smith, Whitesboro junior. “I am a health and human performance major and the one thing I have learned is that drinking water daily is the ultimate key to keeping the body healthy.”

Being well hydrated is also ideal for treating allergies and colds because it clears the airways. Drinking water daily can also reduce cold sores because they tend to pop up in places where the skin is particularly dry. Drinking as little as three bottles of water a day will give the skin more moisture. Since water flushes toxins out of the body, hydrating also clears the skin of any dirt and bacteria.

Taylor Loffer is an NSU alumna. She is a physical trainer.

“Most people get confuse when feeling thirsty with feeling hungry, so they eat when their body wants them to drink something, rather than their body needing food intake,” said Loffer. “When a body is dehydrated, fat cells become harder to break down, so anyone actually trying to diet will find it a lot harder if they don't drink much water.”

Water naturally reduces a person’s appetite. Research has shown that drinking one bottle of water a day, 500 milliliters, prior to each of one’s daily meals will help a person eat fewer calories per meal, triggering weight loss. The brain is around 85 percent water. If a person becomes dehydrated, it can affect concentration and even short-term memory. Every cell in the body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is important to drink enough fluid. If the body is not supplied enough water, the brain cannot function well, and the body can get a headache or a migraine.

For the body to function properly, all cells and organs of the body need water. The recommended amount of water to drink per day varies from person to person, depending on factors such as levels of activity and sweating. There is no universally agreed upon amount of water that must be consumed daily, but there is a general level of consensus as to what a healthy amount is.

According to the Institute of Medicine, an adequate intake for men is approximately 13 cups (3 liters) a day. For women, an adequate intake is approximately 9 cups (2.2 liters) a day.

By drinking adequate amounts of water each day, students can help their entire body function correctly and maintain their health.

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