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Why is water called the most essential element for life?


Why is water called the most essential element for life?

You might be familiar with the popular quote Water is life, but why exactly do we call water the most essential element in life? As one of the basic necessities of living things, water carries out all sorts of essential functions in our bodies and sustains many other life forms besides humans. 

Why is water called the most essential element for life?
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Without water, nothing on Earth could survive! Let’s take a look at the role that water plays in our daily lives, what happens when we don’t get enough of it, and how you can use it to improve your health and prevent disease.

Why should you drink enough water?

Water helps your metabolism function normally, regulates your body temperature, and keeps your joints flexible. When you don’t drink enough water, your brain starts to shrink as a result of dehydration. Your cells start to take in too much sodium, cholesterol, and waste and use it instead of drinking enough water so there will be not enough space in your blood vessels. Also, if you drink less than 10 glasses per day then your kidneys won’t work correctly. A lack of fluids can lead to kidney stones and urinary tract infections. 

Drinking enough water also prevents constipation which is one of the leading causes of colon cancer. It also aids in digestion and weight loss. It has been found that people who drink more water are likely to lose weight easier because they are filling up on fluids instead of food. The end goal should be 8 cups (1/2 gallon) per day but at least 6 cups (1/4 gallon) each day should be drunk.

How much should you drink on a daily basis?

The precise amount of water that’s right for you varies based on how much you weigh, your health, and how active you are. But it’s important to note that your body can never be adequately hydrated on less than 1 gallon a day, according to Mayo Clinic nutritionist Roger C. Fielding, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus in nutritional sciences. We have not been able to find any significant medical evidence that drinking more than about 4 liters (4 quarts) of fluid daily has any medical benefit, he says. 

In fact, some studies show that over-hydration can be just as bad as dehydration. In other words, if you drink too much water - or other fluids - your body may not store it properly. Drinking too much can lead to swelling (edema), weight gain from extra tissue, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure. It's also possible that in rare cases chronic over-hydration could cause kidney damage.

The best types of water

Drinking too much of a certain type of water can have side effects. Many of us are aware that tap water is not always as safe to drink, but many people still don’t think about filtering their drinking and cooking water. There are different ways to go about doing so. Reverse osmosis systems use membranes with pores small enough to filter out bacteria and parasites without removing healthy minerals from the water. 

They work by pushing water under pressure through an activated carbon-based filter at high velocity, sending all contaminants back down the drain. One downside is that these filters need a regular cleaning or they will lose their effectiveness. 

Carbon filters also remove healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium. Another way to filter your water is by boiling it first and then letting it cool before you store it in bottles or other containers. Filters can be used to purify your entire home’s supply of drinking water by attaching them directly to the kitchen faucet.

Benefits of drinking water

Drinking enough water helps to keep your kidneys healthy and removes toxins from your body. Your kidneys are responsible for maintaining proper fluid balance in your body and excrete waste via urine. Without enough clean water, you could experience a buildup of these waste products in your blood, causing harmful effects on organs such as your liver or pancreas. 

If you drink plenty of clean, pure water each day, you help remove these harmful toxins that can lead to serious long-term illness or disease. The average person needs at least 8 glasses of water per day, with teenagers and athletes needing more. Water will also hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple. You may not realize how dry your skin gets until you have an opportunity to shower after exercising heavily or being in a hot environment all day long. 

Finally, if you don't drink enough water it will negatively affect the quality of your voice! Dry vocal cords won't produce as much sound when they vibrate together during speech. Being dehydrated will also cause throat muscles to tighten up, making it harder to swallow which makes swallowing food difficult. Drink enough water throughout the day so that you avoid any negative side effects!

Ways to make it fun

Create a game in which contestants must choose one of three cups. In each cup, there is some amount of water, but one cup has less than half and another more than twice as much. The winner will be able to tell you which cup has less or more H2O. How can you find it out? Give contestants a few minutes to think about it. 

No cheat sheets allowed! The first person who gets it right wins! It’s easy: use your senses (sight, smell, taste) to figure out which cup has less or more water. Don’t let the salty flavor fool you! One idea is to see if you can see through any of the cups; if so, that would indicate that there are bubbles coming up from the bottom of the cup- which means that there's air mixed with the liquid in that container. 

If not, then the other two cups are probably what you're looking for. Another way to test it is by smelling. If one of them smells like salt water while the other doesn't, then chances are they have different amounts of water in them. Finally, drink a little bit from each cup and try tasting them separately- this way you'll know how they compare based on their flavors alone!

Water - A social media campaign

Water plays a major role in our lives, and it has been recognized as one of God’s greatest gifts to man. Water helps with many things such as digestion, it contains vital nutrients that can help keep us healthy and if we don’t have enough water it could lead to dehydration which can be extremely harmful to our bodies. Water has become an important part of every person on earth and should be treated as such. 

Our planet needs more care and so does the resource that keeps us alive. If we work together to protect this valuable resource there will always be enough for everyone. The United Nations declared access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation as a human right, yet 4.5 billion people worldwide still lack these basic services. People need better systems for collecting, storing, and distributing clean drinking water - like wells or rainwater harvesting systems - or access to safe drinking water from vendors. These are all ways that humans can help themselves stay hydrated without putting too much strain on their natural resources or wasting resources by using bottled water when the tap works just fine. Let's take care of what keeps us alive!


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