Our bodies are made up of more than 70% water – it is a fundamental part of living and essential for the effective functioning of our body!
Water improves your energy. It is estimated that over 80% of the population suffers energy loss due to minor dehydration. It has been medically proven that just a 5% drop in bodily fluids will cause a 25% – 30% loss of energy in the average person. Our liver needs water to metabolise fat into useable energy and without this energy we cannot carry out tasks effectively, increasing the risk of fatigue.
Improve your muscle function. When you are well hydrated, the water inside and outside the cells of contracting muscles provides adequate nutrients and removes waste efficiently. Healthy muscles are made up of at least 70% water. When you become dehydrated, muscle fatigue, strain, tendonitis and other disorders of the movement system sets in. Hydration therefore reduces the risk of injury to muscles.
Boost your concentration. A well hydrated body keeps the brain cells oxygenated helping to keep your brain focussed. Even a 1% loss of body water can reduce concentration. Our bodies need water to carry nutrients and oxygen to cells and help remove toxins and other wastes from the body. Dehydration impedes this process reducing the amount of oxygen being carried to the brain.
Prevent heart disease. A six year study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that men who drank sufficient water each day had a 54% decrease in the risk of fatal coronary heart disease compared to those who drank less than 5 glasses of water per day. They study also found that, women also decreased their fatal heart attack risk by 41% by staying hydrated. Your blood is mostly water so dehydration produces concentrated, thick, acidic blood which can cause pressure on the thin blood vessels creating small tears and abrasions.