Both food and water are important building blocks of health, but water is far more important than food – not only because the lack of water kills us quicker than the lack of food, but also because it is responsible for regulating most bodily functions and building tissue.
Water Builds More Tissues than Food
Common traditional dieting concepts discuss the importance of macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals in building and maintaining healthy, functional tissue. However, most diets also forget to remind people how important water is, so most people forget to hydrate properly, which is a big mistake because water builds:
- 75% of the brain
- 83% of the blood
- 22% of the bones
- 75% of the muscles
Overall, water builds approximately 75% of your total body mass, and that is why water gives you more health benefits than a healthy diet without proper water intake.
Water Protects the Joints and Vital Organs
In the modern fitness world that is mainly focused on aesthetics, the importance of keeping the vital organs healthy is often neglected. Ripped muscles and low fat percentages are not a sign of good health if internal organs show signs of inflammation or fatigue. Water builds and strengthens most of the fascia around organs that acts as a cushion to protect them.
Although water builds only 22% of the bones, it helps joints function better. It lubricates the joints and prevents any sedimentation that will damage joint health and range of motion.
Water Intake Affects Physical Endurance
Water is essential for thermo-regulation, which can affect your physical endurance. Shortage of water will cause your body to overheat fast during physical activity, and you will become exhausted quickly.
Water also increases breathing potential because it moistens the oxygen and helps the lungs perform better.
You can expect an approximate drop of 20% in your endurance simply if you fail to hydrate properly.
Water Increases Nutrient Absorption and Cleans Toxins
The adequate daily intake for water is estimated at 2.2 liters for women and 3 liters for men. Some of that water may come from foods (fruits and vegetables), but regardless of the source, you should aim to reach the daily water intake every day. Adequate hydration increases nutrient absorption while keeping your body from clean toxins and other pollutants.
Improve Drinking Water Quality to Improve Health
Given the importance of water for all bodily functions, the statement “It is chronic water shortage in the body that causes most of the diseases of the human body” (in “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj) seems reasonable.
However, even adequate water intake is insignificant if the water you are drinking is not pure. To learn how you can improve the quality of your water home, read about the different ways to purify water at home and while traveling.