Benefits of Water

Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.

Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body’s temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body moist. You know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.

Digestion starts with saliva, the basis of which is water. Digestion relies on enzymes that are found in saliva to help break down food and liquid and to dissolve minerals and other nutrients. Proper digestion makes minerals and nutrients more accessible to the body. Water is also necessary to help you digest soluble fiber. With the help of water, this fiber dissolves easily and benefits your bowel health by making well-formed, soft stools that are easy to pass.

Your body loses fluids when you engage in vigorous exercise, sweat in high heat, or come down with a fever or contract an illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea. If you’re losing fluids for any of these reasons, it’s important to increase your fluid intake so that you can restore your body’s natural hydration levels. Your doctor may also recommend that you drink more fluids to help treat other health conditions, like bladder infections and urinary tract stones. If you’re pregnant or nursing, you may want to consult with your physician about your fluid intake because your body will be using more fluids than usual, especially if you’re breastfeeding.

There’s no hard and fast rule, and many individuals meet their daily hydration needs by simply drinking water when they’re thirsty, according to a report on nutrient recommendations from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In fact, most people who are in good physical health get enough fluids by drinking water and other beverages when they’re thirsty, and also by drinking a beverage with each of their meals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’re not sure about your hydration level, look at your urine. If it’s clear, you’re in good shape. If it’s dark, you’re probably dehydrated.

10 big benefit of waters:

  1. Step into liquidWhether you want shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body
    (or all three!), pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir.
  2. Add shineFor years, hairdressers have been saying a cool-water rinse leaves hair glossier. Is it true? Yes! The chilly temp constricts the cuticle layer of your hair so it lies flatter; making strands smoother and more reflective.
  3. Cleanse and conditionToo much seawater can dry out your locks, but oceans are good for something—their nutrient-rich waters support marine botanicals (like sea kelp) that can cleanse, repair, and detangle strands. Try this nourishing combo:Depth Refresh Daily Shampoo  cleanses without drying, thanks to hydrating sea lettuce and red algae extract in a purified-water base.

    Rusk Deepshine Sea Kelp Conditioner  is packed with marine extracts, such as sea kelp, that strengthen and add shine. Plus, UVB absorbers help shield your hair from the sun’s damaging rays.

  4. Tame tressesSoft shower water leaves hair more manageable because there are few mineral salts (pesky molecules that can make strands rough and prone to tangles). If you have hard water (find out here), install a water-softening shower filter. It can stop your color from fading, too.
  5. Prevent damageYou probably know from firsthand experience that chlorinated or salty water can turn healthy hair into a frizzy mess. But the fix is easier than you think. “Just rinse your hair in the shower or under a hose before swimming,” says Laini Reeves, owner and creative director of Essensuals London, a salon in Los Angeles. “The strands will absorb their fill of clean water, so they won’t be able to soak up as much of the damaging water.” After your dip, coat hair with conditioner for extra protection from the sun.
  6. Make wavesEver heard of setting lotions, those old-fashioned solutions that help hair hold a curl? Well, water is truly the most natural setting lotion available. Each of your strands is made up of hydrogen bonds that separate when hair is wet, according to Jeni Thomas, PhD, a Pantene senior scientist. If you manipulate hair’s texture while wet, “the hydrogen bonds reform as it dries, holding the new shape.” Here’s how to use that little bit of chemistry to your advantage: Mist hair with water, separate it into four sections, twist each into a small bun, and secure with a pin. Blow-dry (or air-dry), then unravel for soft waves.
  7. Create a lasting styleConditioners contain ingredients like dimethicone and plant oils that smooth and detangle your strands. But that nice slippery feeling they leave behind can actually make your hair harder to style. Reeves says you can fix this problem by misting on a water-based primer, like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Depsea Moisture Foundation, after detangling but before applying styling products. “It absorbs some of the oil and rebalances the moisture level of your hair so the style you create will hold longer,” she explains.
  8. Brighten eyesA cold compress helps reduce under-eye inflammation, but you can get a similar effect with H2O. “As water evaporates from skin, the surface becomes cooler,” cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson explains, so asplash of water can de-puff temporarily.
  9. Firm your skinFor centuries, people in eastern Europe have gone to bathhouses for water therapy to detoxify and tighten their skin. The process—which involves a steam-room session to open pores, followed by a cold-pool plunge to shock skin—is easy to replicate at home, according to Eva Scrivo, a New York City-based beauty expert and host of Beauty Talk on Sirius Satellite Radio.
  10. Smooth linesWrinkles are less noticeable when skin cells are well-hydrated, according to Howard Murad, MD, author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger. He suggests using a moisturizer with humectants, which help attract water to skin cells.