What role does water play in our body?

9-Apr 2014, by Kevin McNally

Here’s part 2 of our mini series of articles on water and it’s important role in health and wellbeing. This one focusses on the 5 functions of water in the human body; no wonder it’s so vital towards having a healthy body!

5 functions of water in the body

The 5 functions of water in our body

A healthy sedentary adult living in a temperate climate should drink 1.5 litres of water per day. This threshold of drinking water enables to balance water losses and keep one’s body properly hydrated. Water is a major constituent of our bodies and vital organs and provides the following five vital functions:

Cell life

Water is at the center of life which is why nobody can live more than 3 to 5 days without any. It is an effective lubricant around joints, also acting as a shock absorber for eyes, brain, spinal cord and even for the foetus through amniotic fluid.

Chemical and metabolic reactions

Water participates in the biochemical break-down of what we eat.

Transport of nutrients

Water is a carrier, distributing essential nutrients to cells, such as minerals, vitamins and glucose.

Body temperature regulation

Water has a large heat capacity which helps limit changes in body temperature in a warm or a cold environment. Water allows the body to release heat when ambient temperature is higher than body temperature (1). The body begins to sweat, and the evaporation of water from the skin surface very efficiently cools the body.

Elimination of waste

Water removes waste products including toxins that the organs’ cells reject, and removes them through urines and faeces.

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Source : www.nestle-waters.com

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