The importance of drinking water

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The importance of drinking water can make or break the way you live your life.

Water is one of the most important parts of life, it makes up 90% of our blood, 60% of our body, and is 71% of the world. Without water, nothing would exist. This is the importance of drinking water.

The benefits of drinking water: Water can help keep your skin clear aiding things like acne and elasticity. Drinking enough water cushions your joints and protects your organs and tissues. Staying hydrated also helps regulate your bodies temperature keeping you nice and healthy.

You can also get water from the food you eat but not to replace the water you drink. (Photo via pxfuel under creative commons license )

Not drinking enough water is not something that is easily ignored as symptoms include weakness, dizziness, low blood pressure, among other not so friendly things.

Of corse, we know that not drinking enough water is bad but drinking too much water could be worse. Drinking too much water can lead to water poisoning, which is when there is too much water in cells, specifically brain cells that swell leading to pressure in the brain, drowsiness, and headaches. If there is so much pressure in the brain it can lead to a low heart rate and high blood pressure. If over hydration becomes a problem electrolytes become affected specifically sodium which balances bodily fluids. When sodium becomes weaker this can lead to fluids getting into the bodies cells making the cells swell up but bringing more severe symptoms to the table. These symptoms include coma, seizures or in worst cases, death.

Under and over hydration are problems that we can avoid by knowing how much water to drink a day. The amount of water you drink depends on life style. If you live an active life with exercising constant movement and sweating then you need to drink a little more water a day, around 17-20 ounces of water a day.

An active lifestyle should increase your daily water intake. (Photo via Wikimedia under creative commons license )

It is also important to take into account medication. Opiate pain medications and some antidepressants are water retaining drugs so it is important to keep track. For a not so active life style it is recommended to drink around 11-15 cups of water a day. Of course, an important rule of thumb is to always listen to your body and drink water when you are thirsty and contact your doctor if you have any water related concerns.