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!