Drink Water

November 7, 2017
Drink Water

Spring is here, don’t forget to hydrate.

Did you know that 60 percent of your body is made of water? Your body requires water in all its cells, tissues and organs to facilitate in its functions, self- regulation and homeostasis.

Here are some of the health benefits of keeping yourself hydrated;

Water acts as the medium to maintain the pH levels of the body fluids. Your body is reliant on a delicate pH level its fluids, tissues and organs to operate at its optimal. At optimum pH levels, the body is able to deliver nutrients to and carry waste products from all your cells, tissues and organs. It will also aid in digesting foods and absorption of foods.

Water enables normal Bowel function. Constipation is non-daily bowel movement and having difficulty passing motion. When the waste products are going through your last intestine, water gets absorbed back into your body leaving smooth and soft stool to be passed. However, when your body is dehydrated, the stool may be hard and lump which can be painful during excretion.

Water impacts Brain Function and Energy Levels. CSF fluid in your Spinal cord brings nutrients, and oxygen to the brain whilst bringing waste products from the brain to be excreted. When your body is dehydrated, the flow may become stagnated, which can feel like brain fog and low energy.

Water prevents dehydration. Your body naturally loses fluids doing normal activities such as doing exercises and sweating during a hot day. It is important to ensure that you are replacing the fluids lost to normal activities.

What is the right amount of water to drink is the question most often asked. For males, 2-2.5 litres, and females 1.5-2 litres will be recommended. A higher intake of water should be encouraged with more vigorous exercises. Other fluids such as tea and coffee does not replace water intake, as coffees and some teas are diuretics which encourages he production of urine and increases excretion of water from the body

What are we waiting for, bring on the warmth Spring!

Dr Francoise

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