Good morning everybody. Today is World Health Day and today I am going to talk
on the benefits of drinking water.
Water is ranked second to oxygen as
essential to life. A person can live for only a few days (only three to seven
days) without it. In the human body, water makes up 60 to 70% of body weight and
is important in numerous bodily processes and functions.
Every person loses approximately 2.5 litres of water per day through
urination, perspiration, respiration and bowel movements. Very few people
replenish this loss.
The health benefits of drinking water are many and varied. We cannot and
should not understate the importance of drinking water.
First, water revitalizes the skin. The
skin is the body's biggest organ. If you are dehydrated, your skin suffers.
Water is nature's best moisturizer. Drinking sufficient water rehydrates your
skin from inside. With age, skin tends to become drier, so drink more as you
age. Do tell this to your parents and grands.
Second, water rehydrates your body. Sunken eyes or dark circles are a sign of
being drained of fluid and severe dehydration. Waste products that are normally
washed out of the body are left in a higher concentration in the throat and
mouth. The bacteria that builds up (other than poor dental hygiene) can lead to
Then, one main cause of constipation is lack of fluid in the intestine which
slows the free flow of the bowel.
Next, blood carries oxygen to the muscles. If water levels are low, you could
develop muscle cramps because the process of oxygenating the muscles is
The conditions above can be avoided by drinking adequate amounts of water
Third, water recharges your mind. A healthy mind is just as important as a
healthy body. How many of you feel a lack of concentration on a hot day? Low
concentration levels could be due to a dehydrated liver unable to eliminate
toxins, causing sluggishness.
Headaches start in the mind and headaches are often a sign of dehydration.
The brain is made up of 85% water, so before reaching for a headache pill or 2
Panadols, try a glass of water instead. It could well be the cure.
Fourth, water detoxes. Detoxing is valuable for the body as it cleanses and
rids the body of toxins which are present in the air we breathe, the foods we
eat and in many drinks. The body stores these excess toxics as cellulite or oily
patches. Toxic overloads can lead to headaches, skin eruptions, constipation and
that sluggish dull feeling in the morning. Using water to detox, eating a
healthy diet and exercising
sensibly boost the immune system and give you lots of energy.
Finally, drinking cool (not cold!) water after intense physical activity
reduces the body temperature and replenishes water lost through natural
perspiration. The body's temperature rises above normal during exercise. A loss
of only 3% of your body's water content causes a 10% drop in strength and an 8 %
loss of speed. Such losses reduce athletes' performance and records. Hence it is
important to drink more
than the recommended minimum during intense exercise.
How are we to know that we need water? Thirst is your best indicator. The
thirst mechanism is one of the most powerful and sensitive of all the body's
regulatory mechanisms. Listen to it. Be sensitive to its needs. The recommended
daily intake of water for an average adult is 2 litres or 8 glasses.
You could try these tips to monitor your water intake. Take water breaks
instead of coffee breaks. Choose decaffeinated coffee and tea. Drink water
before scheduled physical activity during and after it. Keep a water bottle
beside you. Spice up your drinking water with fruit juices or add a slice of
lime or lemon to flavour that cool drinking water.
In conclusion, let us be concerned not only with monitoring our water intake,
we have to be just as concerned about the water we consume - its quality and