November 23, 2020

EastAfrica Herald

East African Views on Global News.

Drinking Water: The Importance

It is a known fact that water makes up over 60 per cent of
the average human’s body weight and composition. Apart from maintaining body
temperature and aiding in detoxification of the body, research has shown other
additional benefits of water.
Water intake plays a major role in weight loss programmes as
it not only has no calorie content but also acts as an appetite suppressant.
More to this it has been shown that in most cases when people think they are
hungry they are actually thirsty. Adequate fluid therapy has also been shown to
reduce the incidence of heart disease. In a study published in the Journal of
Epidemiology 2002, it was shown that people who took five glasses or more of
water per day were 24 per cent less likely to die from heart attack than those
who drank two glasses or less.

The incidence of colon cancer which has been on the rise
especially among the young and bladder cancer has been shown to be reduced in
avid water drinkers by 45per cent and 50 per cent respectively. Water is has
also been shown to improve the skin properties of individuals as well as help
with digestive conditions related to build up of gastric acid like ulcers and
heart burn. Taking water has been seen to helpful to people who get constant on
and off headaches as this may be assign of dehydration.
How much should you take and when is the best time to take

The average human being requires at the least about 2500ml of water per day to
compensate for daily loss via stool, sweating, breathing and mostly through
urine. The long standing notion that 8 glasses of water per day is what is
required is very much debatable as water requirements tend to vary with
individuals. Personal needs are subject to a person’s body weight, the person’s
state as requirements go up during sickness, exercise and in hot climates. Plus
requirements tend to vary by the hour. Even in modern medicine fluid balance
can make the difference between a patient’s demise and recovery.
Most school of thought like the American college of family
medicine and various research done agree that it’s best to take water early in
the morning on waking, as sleep is a period of fasting yet the body has certain
requirements per hour as earlier stated. This notion has also been used as a
part means of water therapy for many years in Japanese traditional medicine.
Others add that it is important to rehydrate before and after exercise regimens
to prevent that risk of dehydration from excessive perspiration.
Requirements may be indicated by weighing yourself before
and after working out to give indication of loss and proceed to take at least
two glasses for every kg lost. Several authorities also agree that most of the
water should be taken in between or before meals and minimal taken during the
meal itself contrary to the norm in our society. The rule of thumb is to avoid
getting thirsty as this in itself is already a sign of dehydration.