Water, The Great Detoxifier

By Andrea Phelps
 

The health benefits of detoxifying the body have long been known and practiced. Recently, there has been a remarkable surge in new diets, plans, supplements, and activities that are supposed to cause greater detoxification. However, one of the most simple and efficient elements for detoxification is commonly overlooked.

Water is the most crucial element in our daily lives. We simply cannot live without it. It has an incredible range of health benefits, including the fact that it is the greatest natural implement for detoxification we can use. Proper hydration can improve overall health and cause a better complexion, increased immunity, more efficient digestion, fewer aches and pains, boost in weight loss, fight cellulite, and increase your energy for healthy activities like exercise.

Bodily effects

Hydrating your body with water boosts kidney, liver, skin, and colon functioning. These are your main detoxification organs necessary in the elimination of toxins. Water also increases metabolism, which also improves toxin and fat excretion. Specific functions of water in our bodies include:

  • Dilution of toxins and wastes for easier elimination from the body
  • Maintenance of a regular body temperature
  • Lubricating joints for smother functioning
  • Circulation of necessary nutrients, hormones, and minerals through the body
  • Provides protection for the brain by maintaining cerebral fluid levels
  • Maintains spinal cord fluid to protect it from damage

Dangers of dehydration

As water eliminates toxins from your body through perspiration, exhalation, urination, and bowel movements, it is important to replenish the lost fluids. If your bodily is not properly hydrated, your cells will take the water they need to function directly from your bloodstream, which causes an increase in blood pressure and a greater burden on your heart. Your kidneys will also be inhibited from efficiently cleaning your blood, passing the detoxification duties to your livers and other organs, which may overload them. Some minor health problems due to dehydration include:

  • Constipation
  • Dry and/or itchy skin
  • Acne
  • Increased chance for nosebleeds
  • Greater occurrence of urinary tract infections
  • Respiratory problems like sneezing, coughing, and sinus conditions
  • Headaches

Losing as little as 2% of your body weight in fluids is enough to have a negative effect on your body, including:

  • Tiredness
  • Slow thinking
  • Slower immune response
  • Weakness

How much water should I drink?

There are varying theories on the right amount of water that should be consumed daily. Your specific consumption depends on the climate you live in, how much you exercise, your state of health and the presence of underlying medical conditions, your age, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Generally, it is advised to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. If you aren’t thirsty, feel well, and produce a colorless or light yellow urine in normal quantities, then you are probably drinking enough.

Are there other ways to meet my daily water needs?

Actually, foods can make up to 20% of your total water intake. Certain fruits and vegetables are not only healthy sources of nutrients, but also contain large amounts of water. For example, oranges are 87% water, cucumbers are 95%, and watermelons and tomatoes are 90%-100% water by weight. Other liquids, like fruit juices and milk, also have large quantities of water.

Andrea Phelps

Andrea Phelps specializes in nutrition, health and fitness. She is also a beauty editor and author. She has written numerous articles on women for TheBeautyInsiders.