Water: How much should you drink?
Drinking is part of a healthy diet. Water is life. Water is the most important element for human beings. We cannot live without it. It is a well know fact that a human being can go weeks without eating any food but only a few days without drinking water.
Water: What is it?
Water (H2O) is a tasteless and odourless, transparent, clear and colourless fluid which is made up of 2 hydrogen atoms (H) and one oxygen atom (O). There is no life without water. Water is a vital fluid that is present in all tissues of the body. Water acts as a means of transport (blood, urine, sweat) and dissolver of all cell substances. Water regulates the body temperature by withdrawing heat from the body through the evaporation of sweat on the skin's surface.
How much water should a human being drink?
Water is not only consumed by drinking. Food also contains a lot of water. The following table assumes a well-balanced diet. If you do not eat a lot of vegetables and fruit, drink more water because fruit and vegetables contain a lot of water.
You should drink a lot more water when it is hot, if you are on a diet, have a fever, diarrhoea or are doing a lot of exercise. Many people are used to ignoring the thirst signals that their body gives them. They find that drinking a lot of water is simply irritating and the regular visits to the toilet even more so.
What happens if the body does not get enough water?
. If the body weight lacks 0.5 % of water: the body gives off a thirst signal. Thirst means that your body needs water.
A water deficit in the body can cause the blood to thicken. This affects the blood circulation and which means that the organs do not get a sufficient supply of oxygen. This causes the heart to pump harder and beat faster. The consequence: the blood pressure plummets. Particularly older people have an increased risk of getting a stroke. The mucous membranes and skin dry up. The immune defences are weakened if the mucous membranes in the nose and the throat dry up as they can no longer efficiently protect the body from infectious bacteria and germs. The blood circulation in the brain is also affected which leads to a deficiency in concentration. Digestion slows down and harmful substances are not removed as effectively. If this water deficiency occurs over longer periods of time it can lead to kidney problems and the early development of wrinkles.
The body starts to save water if insufficient amounts are consumed.
Why is drinking a lot of water so important for beautiful skin?
How do you recognise a model? Correct - the fact that she always has a bottle of water handy. There is a good reason why models drink a lot of water.
For this reason, most body lotions and creams are made out of water and other water-binding agents which are good for the skin. The moisture depots which are found in the deeper layers of the skin get an internal supply of moisture. If they do not get a sufficient supply of water, the skin loses its elasticity which eventually causes wrinkling. Drinking water is therefore the best beauty treatment for your skin.
So it is possible to avoid some wrinkling simply by drinking enough water regularly. However you can help your skin by treating it externally. The regular use of aqueous body lotions helps to increase the amount of water in the skin.
Whoever does not drink enough water will soon notice it from their loose, flabby skin. If the body does not get enough water, it is the water depots in the skin that are emptied the most in comparison to other water storages in the body.
So be like a model! Drink a lot of water as it is the best beauty treatment for you and your skin.
How does the body lose water?
An adult excretes about 2.5 litres of water a day.