Water is fundamental to every bodily function. No other liquid can sustain your body like water, and the body needs a specific measure of water to function well.
Recently, more scientific evidence has come up to support the benefits of drinking water. Experts agree that water is an effective way to prevent and treat certain diseases.
It’s the most common compound on earth, so why not put it to use? Water has many medicinal applications, and today we will highlight 10 diseases that can be reduced or even cured by drinking water.
Heart Disease: Water thins and dilutes the blood, which aids in better circulation. A study of more than 20,000 participants found that men who drank more than 40 ounces of water per day cut risk of CAD by 46%. Women had an even greater response, cutting their risk by 59%.
Diabetes: Because water contains no calories or sugar, it doesn’t raise the blood glucose level. Water dilutes the high concentration of sugar in the blood, and is the only substance that is absorbed and not digested.
Cancer: Adequate water intake helps to prevent colon cancer. One study reported that adequate water intake reduced the incidence of colon cancer in men by 92%, breast cancer in woman by 79%, and bladder cancer by 51%.
Obesity: Did you know that 2 glasses of water increased the metabolic rate by about 30% in one study? Researchers believe that an increase in water intake of 6 glasses per day could burn about 5 lbs of fat per year.
Urinary tract health: Our kidneys are sophisticated filters that process about 200 quarts of blood each day to make about 2 quarts of urine. According to research, adequate water intake is the best way to promote proper kidney function, avoid kidney stones, flush impurities form the blood, and protect against urinary tract infections.
Arthritis: Our joints are cushioned by fluid-filled sacs, but when we are dehydrated, our bodies draw water from these non-essential areas. As a result, joints are not adequately cushioned and movement can become painful. Moderate dehydration can actually mimic arthritis.
Digestive health: Water can keep your gallbladder clean. A recent study found that drinking adequate room temperature water resulted in gallbladder emptying. Low daily water intake has been attributed as a cause for the formation of gallstones.
Gout: Gout, being a form of arthritis, is also markedly improved if not completed kept at bay with a proper consumption of water. Water helps to remove uric acid and other toxins from joints that build-up causing swelling and pain.
Fever: Having a fever actually means that the body is fighting off an illness or an infection and is a good sign that things aren’t quite right. Having a fever leads to dehydration because the body will drain water from cells. Fever causes fluid loss and it is paramount that you replace these fluids – water is the best choice. Dehydration can make symptoms worse and cause additional discomfort.
Skin issues: You may not think about your skin as an organ but in fact, it is the body’s largest organ and is comprised of cells that are made up of water. Just like any other organ, skin needs water to be healthy. Many skin conditions such as overly dry, flaky or blotchy skin may be the result of dehydration. Without adequate water, skin can age prematurely and develop a greater number of wrinkles.