Water and our lives

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Water for all

All living things are based on water. Without water, life can’t be expected. The above picture shows the necessity of water for all. In the case of human being, it is not exception too. How long a man lives in the earth he needs water during his life. Research says, “Without food, one can survive about a month, but without water, one can’t survive more than a week.” See below how water is important for keeping us healthy:

What does water do in our body?

Removes wastes: Water for kidney & liver. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys & liver suffer from severe risk, the colon can’t properly move its bowels, and this allows your body to retain the unhealthy toxins it takes in. As the waste remains too long in your body, you give your body more time to reabsorb the toxins back into the bloodstream and thus circulate these harmful chemicals to every organ in your body. Water removes waste products including toxins that the organs’ cells reject, and removes them through urines and faeces.

Metabolic reactions: Water digests foods that we eat. Water participates in the biochemical break-down of our eaten food. It is required for digestion and expelling everything, including the alternative beverages we choose to drink. We must drink water in full amount to digest foods. Without drinking water, your eaten food will remain as undigested substances which will do nothing beneficial to your health.

Control body temperature: Water controls our body temperature. It has a large heat capacity which helps limit changes in body temperature in a warm or a cold environment. Water allows the body to release heat when ambient temperature is higher than body temperature. When our body begins to sweat, and the evaporation of water from the skin surface very efficiently cools the body.

Lubricant for joints: Water works to lubricate our joints and cartilages allowing them to move more fluidly. Our body rations water away from the joints if we are dehydrated. It also acts as a shock absorber for eyes, brain, spinal cord and even for the foetus through amniotic fluid. Our eyeballs need plenty of lubrication to work well and remain healthy. Drinking less water results greater friction, and it can cause knee, joint and back pain. This ultimately leads injuries and arthritis.

Carrier of nutrients: Water carries essential nutrients to cells, organ & tissues which keep the body fit for properly doing its organic function. So, now you know how water is important for our body. Why don’t you take care of the matter, will you bring your ruin yourself for not drinking enough water?

How much water do you need?: It is said, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” It is equal to about 1.9 liters. This is similar to the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Though the “8 by 8” rule isn’t fully reliable amount, it remains popular yet because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.

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Now think how water is at the center of our life. Ban  Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations once in an statement said, “In every 20 seconds, a child dies from diseases associated with a lack of clean water.” Have you ever thought about water we drink daily is pure or not? We are not sure. Prevailing question is “Purity of water”. We need to begin thinking about better strategies for managing water for using it efficiently and sharing it fairly.

-Wahedul Haque


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