What About Water
Water is a colorless and odorless substance found all over Earth. Water is made up of billions of molecules. Each molecule is made of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms held together by strong covalent bonds.
What is Hydration
Benefits Of Drinking Water
1. It helps to lubricate your joints
Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints' shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.
2. Saliva and mucus formation
Saliva helps us digest our food and keeps the mouth, nose and eyes moist. This prevents friction and damage. Drinking water also keeps the mouth clean. Consumed instead of sweetened beverages, it can also reduce tooth decay.
3. Oxygen for body
Blood is more than 90% water, and blood carries oxygen to different parts of the body.
4. Skin health and beauty
With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
5. Cushioning for the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
Dehydration can affect brain structure and function. It is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.
6. It reduces the chance of a hangover
When partying, unsweetened soda water with ice and lemon alternated with alcoholic drinks can help prevent overconsumption of alcohol.
The amount of fluids you need depends on your age, gender and level of physical activity. Remember that you will need even more fluids to stay hydrated in hot weather and when you are physically active.
Daily intake of water for men is around 3.7L and for women its 2.5L