By Solomon Oladipupo
“Water no get enemy”
So goes the evergreen lyrics from Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Is water really an enemy? Does it hurt to take in a lot of water? Have you ever been direly thirsty and couldn’t get some water to gulp down? Then you can appreciate the ‘beauty’ and importance of water to the human body. As little as it seems, water is so indispensable for the survival of man so that people migrate from one corner of the earth to another, just to get it!
And even some governments employ modern technological tools to filter water or irrigate it for farming.
Just in case you didn’t know:
- 70% of the earth is water
- 884, 000 million people lack access to water
- 20% of people’s monthly income is spent on water
So, who says water isn’t important? Or should be wasted or treated as a miniature part of the human existence?
Following the above, Valour Digest brings to your kind attention, reasons why you should increase your intake of water.
- Reduces Fatigue
Since 75% of the human body is water, taking water when tired or exhausted is one way to reduce fatigue. Ever wondered why after running, you need water to resuscitate? When you run, the respiratory system gives out sweat and water is lost; and this makes one thirsty and exhausted. Taking water in such cases can help reduce the level of tiredness (because you’ll still need to take in some food).
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Taking a lot of water can also help to reduce high blood pressure and hypertension. Blood pressure is the exertion or force with which the blood moves when it flows around a person’s body. And this movement is as a result of the heartbeat. So, when we say taking lots of water reduces blood pressure or hypertension, we mean it reduces the rate at which the heart and arteries beat. Strained heartbeats can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
- Prevents Skin Disorder
Drinking enough water can help to improve the outlook of one’s skin. Because the skin, as an organ of the body, is made up of cells, it needs water to keep fit. When there’s dearth of water in the skin cells, it leads to dehydration which can cause the skin to wrinkle. According to University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily will help the body and skin get rid of toxins.
- Prevents Bladder or Kidney Problems
For the kidney to properly discharge its functions of filtering liquids, which are later discharged in the form of urine, enough water is needed. And if the kidney does not function properly, waste products and excess fluid can build up inside the body.
According to Medical News Today:
Drinking plenty of water is one of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of developing a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and is also recommended to those who have already developed a UTI.
- Aids Digestion
Not taking enough water regularly, even after meals can cause indigestion and also lead to constipation. Constipation is a bowel movement problem where someone experiences difficulty in passing out faeces which is usually hard and dry.
SO, stay healthy; take in more water.