Yes! You might say that we never run out of what to say on the importance of drinking water. But, why should we? If the human body is 60% water and we love to keep it healthy and looking good, there is need to ensure that its total make up is intact. Hence the need to drink water.
The analysis of what happens when we drink water is one that has been variously presented and illustrated by medical experts in high-sounding medical terms that are not so easy for the layman to understand.
Much thanks to this post, we will explain in clear words all that go on in your body, when you take in a glass of water.
First of all, it is essential to note the various organs of the body that regularly need water. Experts tell us that the human lungs are comprised of about 83% water, the heart and brain 73%, the skin 64%, human bones 31%, and muscles and kidney 79%. With this statistics, isn’t it already clear that there is great need for the body to always have enough water?
The lungs, liver, heart and kidney play very essential role in the daily functioning of the human body. The lungs, in respiration, exchange the dry air that is taken in during inhalation, for humid air. This is also facilitated with the water consumed.
The same goes for the liver, heart and kidney. The flow of blood, excretion and digestion needs water to be effectively carried out.
Medical research shows that when water is passed through the mouth, it flows through the oesophagus and then to the stomach and the intestines. The small intestine takes about 99% of the water leaving the remaining for the large intestine. The intestines play an important role is digestion and nutrition of the body.
The main function of the small intestine is to aid digestion. It absorbs nutrients from whatever comes into the body and sends the undigested food to the large intestine, where the undigested food is reabsorbed and water is extracted. The waste is being sent to the colon for excretion. This shows that 90% of digestion takes place in the small intestine, much aided by the water consumed.
Despite the usefulness of water to the body, we still lose water in three major ways: sweating, breathing and urination. Fluid moves through the Gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small intestine and large intestine) to the blood and body tissues and are later drained as lymphatics (vessels carrying lymphs), which end up being drained back to the venous system, in a process that is aided by the cardiovascular (heart), central nervous system (brain) and the renal system (anus).
So, when next you take a glass water, you should take it with all fulfillment, knowing fully well that you are aiding a process that will ensure you stay healthy. Then, always drink only satisfactorily clean water whenever you feel thirsty and stick to expert advice of drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. It does more good to your body than you could ever imagine.