It’s colourless, odourless and interesting tasteless. Scientists say that it’s formed from two units (rather, molecules) of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen (H2O). Water is arguably the most versatile solvent to living organisms as it has the ability to dissolve any solute. In addition, it is believed that life got its origin from the aqueous solutions of the world’s oceans. As such, living organisms are dependent on aqueous solutions like blood, digestive juices and intracellular fluids to sustain life via biological processes.
The word, ‘water’, takes its origin from old English wæter; Porto-Germanic and Old Saxon watar; Old High German wazzar; Porto Indo European wood-or, sufficed form of wed- meaning wet. In essence, the word originally means wet.
Water is God’s gift to man as its benefits are tremendous. About 60% of the human body is composed of water hence, water is paramount for maintenance of life. Its benefit includes flushing out waste from the human body, regulating body temperature and aiding brain function. Water also aids in cushioning and lubricating joints, spinal cord as well as tissues. It’s role in digestion and nutrient absorption is unparalleled in addition to its importance in maintaining kidney health and urine production.
Studies have linked body fat and weight loss to water intake in obese and overweight persons (most studies involve women as case study). It was found that drinking more water whilst exercising and dieting aids weight loss. It’s also boosts energy as it activates metabolism, aids cognitive function, helps improve mood, keeps skin bright and prevents overall dehydration. It is important to note that some of the severe complications of dehydration are; brain swelling, kidney failure and seizures. The health benefits of water cannot be over emphasized. In addition to this, reaching daily water intake requirements helps improve blood oxygen circulation which has a positive impact on overall health as well as the immune system.
Although water is beneficial to health, it can cause chaos if taken in excess. The daily water requirement according to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is about 15.5 cups (that is 3.7 liters) for males and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) for females putting to account fluids from water, other beverages and food. Moreover, daily physical activity has a significant effect on amount of water to be consumed that would be registered as adequate for the body.
Water is an asset man has failed to fully utilize. Its benefits as stated above are highly tremendous and cannot be overemphasized therefore, buy yourselves a water bottle and make it your close companion.