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Water Helps Quench My Thirst, But What Else Does It Do?

Water Can Do More Than Just Hydrate

Drinking water helps quench your thirst, but most people don’t give much thought to the important role water plays in the body. Newsflash: water does a LOT in, and for, the body! To see for yourself, we’ll start from the top and work our way through the body.

  • Brain: Composed of 73% water and uses water to make hormones and neurotransmitters used to send signals throughout the body. Water also acts as a shock absorber to protect the brain in the skull.
  • Cells all over the body: Use water to act as a building material and enables cells to grow, survive, and reproduce.
  • Eyes, nose, and mouth: Water is used to keep these exposed tissues from drying out.
  • Mouth: Saliva forms from water to start the process of digestion in the mouth.
  • Spinal cord: Water acts as a protecting shock absorber for the spinal cord, too!
  • Lungs: Composed of 83% water, and water helps support lung structures for breathing
  • Kidneys: Water makes it easier for the kidneys to filter out waste from the body by aiding in excretion. The kidneys themselves are 79% water.
  • Muscles: Are composed of 79% water, as well, and use water as a chemical reaction to stimulate movement.
  • Sweating and breathing: Regulating body temperature is another important function of water.
  • Joints: Lubricates and cushions joints for mobility and protection.
  • Skin: Water droplets bind to collagen to reduce the risk of skin drying out. Hydrated skin will look plump thanks to water!
  • Even down to your toes: Water helps deliver oxygen all over the body being the main component of blood.

As you can see, water isn’t just for quenching your thirst, but also for whole-body functioning!