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#ZKLife: Drink More Water – The Health Benefits of Water



Adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives. Using water more efficiently will reduce greenhouse gases. 

World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. 

Adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives. Using water more efficiently will reduce greenhouse gases.

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We cannot afford to wait. Everyone has a role to play. 

Here are some health benefits of consuming water: 

  • It lubricates the joints – Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80% water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain. 
  • It forms saliva and mucus – 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 
  • It delivers oxygen throughout the body – Blood is more than 90% water, and blood carries oxygen to different parts of the body. 
  • It cushions 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. 
  • It regulates body temperature – Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body. In sport. Some scientists have suggested that when there is too little water in the body, heat storage increases, and the individual is less able to tolerate heat strain. 
  • The digestive system depends on it – The bowel needs water to work properly. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers. 
  • It flushes body waste – Water is needed in the processes of sweating and removal of urine and feces. 
  • It helps maintain blood pressure – A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure. 
  • The airways need it – When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse. 
  • It prevents kidney damage – The kidneys regulate fluid in the body. Insufficient water can lead to kidney stones and other problems. 
  • It makes minerals and nutrients accessible – These dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body. 

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With all these benefits a tap away, make sure you drink enough water daily. 

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