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Why You Need To Drink 8 Glasses of Water Per Day | Diabetes Daily Post
Learning Why You Need To Drink 8 Glasses of Water Per Day.

Why You Need To Drink 8 Glasses of Water Per Day

8-glasses-of-waterThe percentage of water in our body varies by age and body structure: ranges from highest of 77% in infants to 45% in elderly population. Adult male population’s average water percentage (60%) is 10% higher than that of female (50%). Water is vital for living organisms. In humans, body self-regulates the water content and excrete the overage accordingly. Water toxicity can occur with intravenous infusion.  Severe dehydration can lead to a series of problems by disrupting the metabolic processes and this may cause death. To understand the importance of drinking 8 glasses (8 fl.oz.) of water daily and stay healthy, we need to familiar ourselves with the knowledge of the functions of water in our body. Once this is understood, there is a better chance for us to follow through on a regular basis.

10 major functions of water (sources: Mayo Clinic, LivingStrong, WebMD, DDP, Metscape)

  1. Water regulates body temperature: Without this function, our body will literally overheat. Water in a car radiator functions in the same manner. Without this vital function our brain is exposed for a permanent damage.
  2. Moistens tissues in the mouth, eyes, nose and skin: This function is essential in protecting us from getting infected by various germs by mobilizing defense enabling mechanisms which need water to function properly. This is an important function especially for diabetic patients who are prone to infection.
  3. Lubricates our joints: Synovial fluid in the joints is a yolk-like substance which reduces friction by lubricating the joints and absorbs shock to the body. Lack of water in synovial fluid will cause damages to the joints.
  4. Protect body organs and tissues: All organs and tissues need water to initial biochemical reactions to address their designed functions.
  5. Helps to prevent constipation: constipation is compared to malfunctioning of a solid waste system. Constipation puts a tremendous strain to our body. Adequate hydration will help to prevent constipation.
  6. Helps to eliminate wastes and lessens the load of kidneys and liver: Liver and kidneys metabolize and convert wastes to excrete and water is a key vehicle to carry out the tasks.
  7. Needed to make minerals and nutrients available to our body.
  8. Water carries nutrients and oxygen into and byproducts out of cells.
  9. Water is needed to make our immune system efficient and expedient. Here again water will help diabetic patients to fend off infection.
  10. Water keeps skin supple and youthful looking.

Best way to hydrate

  • Steeping a pot of caffeine-free herbal tea such as The Republic of Tea’s Hibiscus Superflower Tea and consume throughout the day hot or as ice tea.
  • Caffeine-containing drinks for hydration purposes is not ideal because of the caffeine–not so much for its mild diuretic effect, but its stimulative effect which may cause insomnia and heart palpitation in some people.

Brought to you By:The DDP Medical Writers Staff

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