Why is water important for the body? According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs 83%, the skin 64%, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and bones 31%. In short, not drinking enough water deprives your body of one of its most essential ingredients causing it to perform inefficiently.
Why is Hydration Important with Diabetes?
Elevated blood Glucose levels draw out the body’s fluids, thereby placing people with diabetes at a higher risk of dehydration. This is why thirst is a common symptom of diabetes. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation heartburn, and stomach ulcers. Symptoms of mild
dehydration include flushed face, extreme thirst, dizziness, cramping in the arms and legs, sleepy or irritable, headaches, and dry mouth.
Does Drinking Water Flush Out Excess Sugar?
Drinking water helps the kidneys flush out excess sugar from the body. A great way to bring down high blood sugar levels is to drink LOTS of water. Not drinking enough water causes your blood to thicken, blood pressure to increase, and the glucose in your bloodstream to become more concentrated resulting in higher blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Mild or severe dehydration will have a notable impact on your diabetes.
Drinking Water Helps Maximize Physical Performance
Hydration effects strength, power, and endurance. As you exercise, the oxygen that reaches your muscles converts the available glucose into Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), energy-carrying molecule found in cells. ATP captures chemical energy obtained from the breakdown of food molecules and releases it to fuel other cellular processes. These processes are dependent upon water, which carries the nutrients and oxygen to the muscle making performance and growth possible.
Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
Sixty percent of the human body is water. Muscle is seventy-nine percent water! Studies link body fat and weight loss with drinking water in overweight individuals. Drinking more water while dieting and exercising will help you lose extra pounds by enabling the body to efficiently rid itself of toxins, hydrate without adding unwanted calories, and help you to eat less.
These are only a few of the benefits to drinking water.
Steven M Collins