Gentle Dental of Springfield
760 W Sproul Road, Suite 100, Springfield, PA 19064

Why Water is an Essential Part of Your Health

The human body relies on water to maintain the many functions that continuously occur. In fact, around 60 percent of the human body’s weight consists of water. Every minute of life involves the ongoing regulation and maintenance of cells, tissues, and organs. If fluid levels in the body deplete, these important functions may not occur as they should. As a person breathes, digests food, and perspires, water levels go down. Thus, it’s important to replenish these fluid levels by eating foods that contain water and by drinking fluids. Adequate water consumption should enable you to maintain fluid levels, which comprise about 60 percent of your body.

Water has protective properties in the body. Internal tissues must remain moist. Hydration levels in the body ensure that tissues such as sinuses and eyes stay soft and moist. In addition, blood, bones, and organs also rely on adequate hydration. Without proper fluid levels in the body, sensitive joints might not have the lubrication and cushioning they need.

Waste removal is an integral part of keeping the body healthy. If the body does not eliminate waste, this bacteria could build to unhealthy levels. The body excretes waste through breathing, perspiration, urination, and defecation. Fluids enable the intestines, liver, and kidneys to flush waste products from the body. Fluids also help with digestion to ensure that food moves through the intestines effectively.

When food enters the mouth, digestion begins. Saliva present in the mouth is comprised of a large percentage of water. Enzymes present in saliva begin the digestion process immediately, breaking down foods to access nutrients needed by the body. Fluids help the body digest and dissolve soluble fiber, which the body needs for good bowel health.

Sometimes the body can lose so much water that it becomes dehydrated. Dehydration can occur after excessive perspiration during hot weather or as a result of strenuous exercise. An illness that involves a high fever, vomiting, or diarrhea can also cause dehydration. To prevent or treat dehydration, drink enough water to restore the body’s necessary hydration level. Some illnesses, such as bladder infections or urinary tract stones, may necessitate increasing fluid intake.

Determining the amount of water you need to drink is an individual process. Most people can meet their unique hydration needs by drinking water to satisfy thirst. This standard response to thirst is usually sufficient for people who are in good physical health. People should also drink a beverage with every meal, which can aid in digestion. To check hydration levels, check urine color. Adequate hydration will result in clear urine. Dark urine could indicate dehydration, which would necessitate an increase in fluid consumption.

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