The Relationship Between Hydration and Digestive Health
July 7, 2014
By Corey Gates
It is a sad reality that people simply do not understand the importance of proper hydration. What water can do for your body is something that no other liquid or drink can ever live up to. It is absolutely imperative that we drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. This mantra should be followed vigilantly; otherwise, dehydration can lead to severe consequences. So what exactly is it that water does for our body and how does it affect our digestive health? Read on to find out.
The Importance of Water
Water is so necessary for life that that is actually the #1 thing NASA scientists look for on other planets to determine if the planet could support life. 70% of your body is made up of water and almost all the functions of the body require a certain amount of water for proper execution. Water is needed for your blood, for the regulation of body temperature, for the elimination of toxic waste from the body, for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream, for proper metabolic activity and digestive health. It is water that makes sure your skin, hair and nails remain healthy and strong.
Did you know that if you don’t drink enough water you will suffer from problems like chronic dehydration? This condition gives rise to some of the worst physical deficiencies that you can think of. These include high blood pressure, fatigue, indigestion, constipation, allergies, depression, headaches, body pains, joint aches muscle pains, weight gain, skin problems and gives rise to lack of mental clarity.
These are only some of the issues that you will come across if water is not a major part of your life.
The Connection between Water and Digestive Health
Proper hydration is critical for digestive health. When you don’t drink enough water your digestive systems can’t function as they’re intended to. Water is mixed in with the food that you eat, which helps to break down the large food molecules. The smaller food nutrients are then easily absorbed into the blood stream. These nutrients are converted into energy stores and supplied to all parts of the body. If proper digestion does not occur, it will lead to ineffective absorption of nutrients and lack of energy.
Additionally, if you do not have enough water in your system, the waste product that is left over from the process of digestion will harden. This will result in constipation and you will have difficulty passing stool. Due to a lack of proper hydration, acidity and heart burn can also occur which could eventually lead to stomach ulcers.
How Much Water Do You Need?
In general terms, most individuals need about 8-10 glasses of water per day. Men need more water than woman because they often have more lean muscle mass in their bodies. Please keep in mind that you should not wait for the time when you start feeling thirsty that you drink water. Even if you don’t feel the need, keep consuming water so that your body does not face any deficiency.