I am very excited to share with you one of the most important reasons we absolutely cannot live without water!
Many people are familiar with some of the reasons why water is so important for the human body. However, many are unaware that water acts as the body’s transportation system.
That’s right - Water is the body’s transportation system.
One of water’s primary roles is to transport essential nutrients and oxygen throughout the body to every system and every cell. Healthy cells contain a dense protein membrane. Water is the only substance/fluid capable of carrying nutrients across this dense membrane. Without water, nutrients are incapable of reaching the inside of the cells, and without nutrients, cells begin to die off prematurely.
Electrolytes are one type of nutrient used by the body and located in the interior of the cell. Electrolytes come from minerals and it is water that gives specific minerals an electric charge, creating electrolytes. These electrolytes (capable of producing electricity within the body) are needed to maintain ph, metabolic and hormonal balance.
Equally as important as carrying nutrients to our cells, water is also responsible for carrying waste away from cells.
Even if you are eating a well balanced diet, if you aren’t getting enough water, your body will still be starved for nutrients at the cellular level. This is simply because there is insufficient water to move essential nutrients and oxygen to their proper and necessary location – the inside of your body’s cells.
There are many things you can do to make sure you are getting adequate water each day. One of my favorite tricks for drinking plenty of water is to refill my empty glass or bottle before setting it down. This way it is never empty and I am more likely to keep drinking.
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Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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