Water is beneficial and vital to life. About 70% of your body is water. Every organ of your body from your skin to your brain relies on ample hydration to function. Water:
- Sends nutrients to the brain. 85% of the brain is water that helps feed and cushion it.
- Regulates body temperature. Water creates perspiration that dissipates excess heat to cool our bodies. You may need water when you are overheated and even if you are not perspiring.
- Aids in digestion. Digestion of solid foods can only happen with the help of an adequate amount of water.
- Keeps skin clear and healthy. Water keeps your skin looking smooth, healthy and young. It is also the main conduit for releasing water from the body through perspiration.
- Cushions and lubricates bones and joints. Water acts as a lubricant between bones. It also lubricates cartilage and helps the joints glide freely. Water helps minimize joint damage caused by friction.
- Maintains muscle tone. Water not only keeps you strong, it removes wastes from and transports nutrients to the muscle cells and decreases recovery time.
- Metabolizes fat. Proper water intake helps your kidneys and liver function at their peak and thereby reduces the amount of fat deposits in the body. The kidney needs water to remove toxins, waste and salt from the blood. When you don't have enough water, the liver takes over some of the work of the kidneys and therefore isn't able to metabolize excess fat.
- Lubricates organs. All our organs need water to function at their best. Water also keeps the blood from thickening and in return helps the heart function at its peak.
- Transports nutrients throughout the entire body.
- Removes toxins and waste.