Water in our bodies
Some facts about our internal water supply include:
- Body water content is higher in men than in women and falls in both with age.
- Most mature adults lose about 2.5 to 3 liters of water per day. Water loss may increase in hot weather and with prolonged exercise.
- Elderly people lose about two liters per day.
- An air traveler can lose approximately 1.5 liters of water during a three-hour flight.
- Water loss needs to be replaced.
Importance of Drinking Water
Water is needed for most body functions, including to:
- Maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body
- Keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels
- Help eliminate the byproducts of the body’s metabolism. This includes excess electrolytes (for example, sodium and potassium), and urea, which is a waste product formed through the processing of dietary protein
- Regulate body temperature through sweating
- Moisten mucous membranes such as those of the lungs and mouth
- Lubricate and cushion joints
- Reduce the risk of cystitis by keeping the bladder clear of bacteria
- Aid digestion and prevent constipation
- Moisturize the skin to maintain its texture and appearance
- Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Serve as a shock absorb-er inside the eyes, spinal cord and in the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus in pregnancy.
What Ayurveda experts say about Drinking Water:
Water boiled to one fourth quantity relieves pitta, half of its quantity relieves vata and boiled till one fourth is pacifies Kapha.- Bhav prakasha
- Vata, should sip warm water
- Pitta can consume room temperature to little cold water in summer season
- Kapha don’t t need the same amount as other needs as they have a tendency to retain the water