We all know that our bodies need water and that staying hydrated is important. But when we’re preoccupied with a busy day or running errands, we can go for a long time without drinking water – often, it’s only when a headache or fatigue kicks in that we realise this. Yet keeping our water levels up can help to stave off a whole host of health issues, from kidney damage to muscle injuries. Here we list some of the key benefits of drinking water, and look at one great solution for having a ready supply on hand.
What are the benefits?
#1 Prevents kidney damage
The main function of our kidneys is to remove toxins from the body. When we become dehydrated, our kidneys can’t function well, causing a buildup of toxins in the body over time (National Kidney Foundation). Also, a lack of water can cause painful kidney stones to form as minerals collect and crystallise. If this isn’t treated right away, it can cause serious damage to the kidneys.
#2 Keeps the body functioning
90 percent of blood plasma is made up of water. Having enough water ensures that our blood is able to carry oxygen to all of our vital organs, tissues and cells. This enables our body to work well.
#3 Prevents joint and muscle injury
Water helps with the production of synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints in our body. When not enough protective fluid is produced, there is a higher chance of friction. The result? A higher risk of inflammation and injury.
Not having enough water can also cause the muscles to suffer. Our muscles are unable to contract and relax properly if we don’t get enough water; the result can be painful muscle cramps.
#4 Keeps the digestive system running
Having enough water in our system helps our body digest the food we eat, aiding in the absorption of nutrients (Mayo Clinic). It also helps to prevent constipation.
#5 Helps the body to get rid of waste
Waste is removed from our bodies through perspiration and urine. Without enough water, our urine becomes concentrated, increasing the chances of contracting a urinary tract infection. Having concentrated urine can also irritate the bladder, causing us to visit the bathroom more frequently or even result in incontinence.
#6 Regulates body temperature
When our body starts to overheat, it produces sweat to release heat and cool down. Drinking enough water ensures that the fluid lost through perspiration is replaced. Also, as water is a huge component of blood, it plays a part in heat distribution.
#7 Produces mucus
Mainly made up of water, mucus acts as a protective layer to keep organs from drying out. For example, it lubricates our nasal passages and traps bacteria. It also contains antibodies that fight against them.
#8 Boosts your energy levels
Not having enough water in our bodies can cause us to feel more tired than usual (Harvard Health Publishing). Dehydration can cause fatigue as the body has to work harder to pump nutrients and oxygen to cells and organs. Being tired also affects our mood and ability to think.
Drinking enough water
As water plays a huge role in keeping our bodies running, it’s important to drink enough. But how much do we need? There isn’t a hard and fast rule on how many glasses we should drink each day (the standard suggestion is 8 to 10 cups). The amount of water our body needs depends on many factors, such as our lifestyle (including how active we are and the condition of our health) and external conditions like the weather (Mayo Clinic).
It’s also key not to overdo it. Excessive fluid consumption can lead to over-hydration, where sodium levels in the blood plunge to dangerously low levels. This causes cells and organs to stop working properly and can be life-threatening if not treated.
Choosing your water
In Singapore, tap water is generally safe for drinking, with the PUB testing and monitoring water quality throughout the treatment process. That said, there are still some chemicals in the water, including chlorine, fluoride and sulphate; these are used for disinfection and treatment and the amounts are within WHO guidelines. Also, in homes, wear and tear or rust in pipes and other installations can cause unwanted and potentially harmful chemicals and particles to enter the water supply. If we don’t do regular checks, we could end up drinking these unknowingly.
Sourced from the Black Hills mountain range in Victoria, water from Natural Springs Australia is fresh and free from contamination – so you won’t need to worry about chemicals or metals. The spring water undergoes filtration, while retaining its natural minerals. It’s also thoroughly tested and placed straight into containers for export to Singapore and elsewhere.
Snag a deal!
Natural Springs Australia is running a special promotion from April to July 2020. Get a hot-cold dispenser (refundable deposit of $250) and get four five-gallon bottles for free (worth $76). Just quote “EL4” when you place your order at naturalsprings.com.sg.
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