Health Benefits of Drinking Water for Human Beings BY IDORENYIN UMOREN

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Water is crucial for the body to function properly. It is present in blood, skin, organs and bones. There is water in every cell of the body, from the brain to the teeth.

Have you ever wondered how much water your body contains? The percentage of water varies according to your age and gender.

The amount of water in the human body varies from 45 to 75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, with an average of around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, usually around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.

Body composition varies by gender and fitness level because fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue. The average adult male is about 60% water. The average adult woman is about 55% water, as women naturally have more fatty tissue than men. Overweight men and women have less water, by percentage, than their thinner counterparts.

Medically, the percentage of water depends on your level of hydration. People are thirsty when they have already lost about 2-3% of their body water. Being just 2% dehydrated impairs performance in mental tasks and physical coordination.

Water exists throughout the body. Cells contain 60% of all water in the body, with about a third of the rest surrounding the cells.

Some organs contain much more water than others. The brain and kidneys have the highest percentage of water; bones and teeth contain the smallest proportion.

Health Benefits of Drinking Water

It is essential to drink enough water to support all body functions. According to medical experts, it is recommended to; carry a bottle of water for easy access, choose water instead of sugary drinks, choose water when eating a meal, add a wedge of lemon or lime to the water to improve the taste, among others.

Other tips for older adults specifically include; do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water, drink a glass of water before and after exercise, take a sip of water between bites at meals, and drink a large glass of water when taking of drugs.

It should be noted that there is no daily amount of water that a person should drink. The amount varies depending on age, sex, weight, health, physical activity and the climate where a person lives.

There is no clear limit for drinking too much water. The kidneys can eliminate 20 to 28 liters of water per day, but they cannot excrete more than 0.8 to 1.0 liters per hour. However, drinking more than that can be harmful.

Some organs contain much more water than others. The brain and kidneys have the highest percentage of water; bones and teeth contain the smallest proportion.

From a health perspective, taking enough water is important for the human system, such as temperature regulation, tissue repair, among other benefits.

The saying, “water is life” cannot be overstated. Make water drinking a habit today and live a healthy life tomorrow.

Idorenyin Umoren is a University of Calabar Computer Science student with CrossRiverWatch.

NB: The opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, Idorenyin Umoren, and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization for/with which the author works.

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