Indeed, so prevalent is water on our planet that water sources are comparable to the body's circulatory channel. Like the circulatory channel of he human body, water on earth is the sustainer and purifier of earth. It nourishes earth (the physical body) and removes toxins from iot. Interestingly, the human body comprises 70% water, while the human brain is 90% water. The high percentage of this element, both within the human body and outside it, hints at the importance of this element.
|Functions of Water|
a) Regulates body temperature.
b) Moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose.
c) Aids in process of digestion.
d) Helps in bowel movement.
e) Helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients, thereby enabling them to be absorbed into the body.
d) Helps maintain the pH of fluids.
e) Helps kidney/lymphatic system flush out toxins and waste material.
f) Helps to transport vital nutrients/oxygen to the various destinations to our body.
Water is necessary to facilitate the various chemical reactions that occur in the body. In other words, the chemical the body uses have first to be dissolved in the water to enable the process of passing through cell membranes (cell walls). Water in this capacity functions as a solvent.
Water fills cells with fluids and ensures that they remain firm. With adequate water these cells can maintain their elasticity. The visualize this better, consider one's skin. The human skin requires adequate water to maintain its elasticity and suppleness. Lack of water leaves the skin looking dried and weathered. The optimum level of water in one's cells ensures that cells remain in the sizes and shapes they are suppose to be.
Water helps maintain pH of the body fluids - which is of slightly alkaline pH. All the systems of the body and the organs in the body , work to maintain the ideal salinity levels of blood and the fluids surrounding cells. However waste material that is built up during the process of digestion is acidic in nature. Water plays a crucial role in the elimination of toxic build up by flushing waste matter via the kidneys.
Water aids the lubrication process in the human body. Adequate water is necessary to enable the body to lubricate joints effectively and cushion inter-vertebral discs.
The above list of some functions of water in the human body underlines the importance of an adequate supply of water in the system. What then happens if there is an inadequate supply of water in the system ?
Catch up again in my next post about Shortage of Water in the Body.