Do you eat your water? If I had put this question on a social media platform, I would have received a lot of flaks from trollers like “ ‘Eat’ water? What’s with your grammar?” “Learn English before writing” and what not! But since it is not any of those social media platforms, I have taken the liberty to write ‘eat water’ rather than ‘drink water’ and also I have the luxury to explain why I have written so before getting bashed.
Did you know this fun fact?
You’ll die within a few days without water but can survive for weeks or even months without food.
So you see water is way more important than food and is, in fact, the most important food for good health. Let’s see why.
- Water makes up 40-60% of the total body weight.
- It is a major constituent of blood and supports the transport of oxygen, nutrient, electrolytes, and hormones.
- Removes waste and filters toxins through circulation
- Regulates body temperature
- Functions as a lubricant to help joints move with ease
- Protects tissue and spinal cord
- Prevent dryness in the eyes, mouth, and nose
- Extreme waste matter and toxins from the body in the form of perspiration, urine, and defecation
- Supports healthy functioning of the kidneys, liver and digestive system
- Helps in nutrient absorption dissolving vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from food eaten
- Prevents constipation. Eating fiber-rich food with insufficient water will lead to more constipation. Drink enough water
- Drinking sufficient water will help to lose substantial weight as per certain studies.
- Hydration improves strength, power, and endurance and optimizes your physical performance and activity
- Drinking water fights off some medical conditions like constipation, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, hypertension, and exercise-indices asthma
- Drinking a good amount of water boosts metabolism that has a positive impact on energy levels.
Through various body functions like urine, bowel movement and perspiration, a significant amount of water is lost every day. However, if we continue replenishing our body with water at the rate we are losing it, we can maintain a water balance. However, when more water is lost than the consumption, our body gets dehydrated. Prolonged dehydration of just three days affects the functioning of the organs and tissues and weakens the immune system making us prone to infections and sickness. Extreme dehydration also leads to death.
Now let us come to the part where I can explain why I said ‘you must eat water’!
You must drink 10-15 cups of water every day for optimum health. But there are many food sources that suffice you with enough water too and it is a great way to reap the most benefits of staying hydrated.
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Here are some sources of water-dense foods
Watermelon – 92% water
Oranges – 88% water
Cantaloupes - 90% water
Strawberry – 91% water
Peaches – 89% water
Cucumber – 95% water
Lettuce – 96% water
Broths and soups – 92% water
Zucchini – 94% water
Plain yogurt – 88% water
Tomatoes – 94% water
Bell peppers – 92% water
Cabbage – 92% water
Coconut water – 95% water
Reasons why you must eat water
Eating water helps better absorption
We know it is good to drink many glasses of water throughout the day but eating water has even better benefits for the health. There is a science behind it. When we drink water, it moves quickly through the system and gets flushed out. The body doesn’t get enough time to reap the benefits but if we are eating foods with high water content, it stays in our system for a longer time as the digestive system takes time to extract it from the food molecules. Having raw fruits and vegetables is, therefore, more beneficial than drinking plain water.
An added benefit of nutrient infusion
Besides getting the fluid extract from fruits and veggies, you’ll also get the combinations of all the essential nutrients that are important for boosting your skin health. Fruits and vegetables are a very rich source of antioxidants like Vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid that reduces signs of aging and imparts a natural dewy looking skin. The B complex vitamin content also makes the skin radiant.
Energizes your system and skin
Eating fruits and vegetables will consistently provide you with nutrients and enough hydration for brighter, energized-looking skin.
Have them in the form of juices, smoothies, salads, and soups. Try eating your water from the next time and be amazed by the results.