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11 Benefits of Water

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The essential element of water is one of the first things mentioned in the Bible. "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters" (Genesis 1:2 NIV). Water covers 75% of the earth's surface. The human brain comprises 85% water. At 70%, a mature human body consists of over 50% water. Without that remarkable liquid, living things could not survive. Water contributes to the simple and the miraculous. Consuming water causes beautiful things to happen. Here are eleven benefits of water.

1. Forms Saliva Essential for Digestion

Saliva is mostly water. It includes electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes. Saliva keeps your mouth healthy and breaks down solid food. It plays a critical role in maintaining your oral health and makes it easier to speak, chew, and swallow food.

2. Protects Mucous Membranes

Water shields your mucous membranes by keeping them moist. Just as skin lines and protects the outside of the body, mucous membranes line and protect the inside of your body. Mucous membranes are inside your nose, mouth, lungs, and many other parts of the body.

Mucous membranes are inside your nose, mouth, lungs, and many other parts of the body.

Mucous membranes are inside your nose, mouth, lungs, and many other parts of the body.

3. Helps Body Cells Grow and Reproduce

Water helps cells transport and use nutrients and oxygen. Blood is a water-based solution that carries molecules where they should be. Without water, cells can not move waste and by-products or take in nutrients.

Without water, cells can not move waste and by-products or take in nutrients.

Without water, cells can not move waste and by-products or take in nutrients.

4. Flushes Waste Out of the Body

Water is a mechanism by which the body removes toxins. It ensures your kidneys have enough fluid to eliminate waste and do their job correctly.

Water is used to help remove bodily toxins through:

  • urine
  • sweat
  • breath
  • feces
Water ensures your kidneys have enough fluid to eliminate waste and do their job correctly.

Water ensures your kidneys have enough fluid to eliminate waste and do their job correctly.

5. Lubricates Joints

Water helps to keep your joints lubricated and flexible. The Synovial fluid that directly lubricates your joints consists primarily of water. This fluid reduces the friction between joints and helps maintain healthy tissue and joints.

Water helps to keep your joints lubricated and flexible.

Water helps to keep your joints lubricated and flexible.

6. Supports Most of Our Body Parts

Our primary body systems depend on water to function and survive. Consuming water helps your body function better and improves overall health.

Our primary body systems depend on water to function and survive.

Our primary body systems depend on water to function and survive.

7. Promotes Hormones and Neurotransmitters

Water helps your body produce hormones and neurotransmitters. Your brain uses half its energy, sending and receiving signals through your nervous system. Water pushes messages out and brings them in.

Water helps your body produce hormones and neurotransmitters.

Water helps your body produce hormones and neurotransmitters.

8. Regulates Body Temperature

Water has an essential role as a thermoregulator. It regulates the body temperature by helping dissipate heat. Water leaves the body through sweat when it becomes too hot. Sweat evaporation from the skin surface removes body heat.

Water leaves the body through sweat when it becomes too hot.

Water leaves the body through sweat when it becomes too hot.

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9. Protects the Brain and Spinal Cord

Water cushions and lubricates your spinal cord, tissues, and joints and promotes brain cell communication.

Water cushions and lubricates your spinal cord.

Water cushions and lubricates your spinal cord.

10. Supports Digestion for Survival

Water consumption during or after a meal aids digestion. It helps break down food so that your body can absorb nutrients. The liquid also softens stool, which helps prevent constipation. Water, involved from start to finish in the digestion process, is critical for optimal health.

Water is critical for optimal digestive health.

Water is critical for optimal digestive health.

11. Helps Deliver Oxygen

Blood is about 92% water and carries oxygen and nourishment to our bodies. Our digestive system processes our food into water-soluble nutrients. Water then helps the nutrients pass through the capillaries within the intestinal walls to the blood and circulatory system. Then the valuable nutrients and oxygen become distributed throughout the body to all the cells and organs.

Scientists believe that as water flows, it picks up and stores information from all the places it has traveled.

Scientists believe that as water flows, it picks up and stores information from all the places it has traveled.

Awe-inspiring Properties

In the late 20th century, scientists discovered more awe-inspiring properties of water. They learned that water could remember. Scientists believe that as water flows, it picks up and stores information from all the places it has traveled. Because of this, depending on the journey the water has traveled, people can connect to an assortment of areas and sources of information when they drink. Some researchers described water as a living entity. One of the concluding descriptions the Bible gives to water is the attribute of life, "Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life" (Revelation 22:17 NIV).

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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