Water (H20) is a colorless liquid made up of hydrogen and oxygen. It is necessary for life even though it contains no calories. The basic guideline of health and nutrition is to drink enough of water and keep hydrated.
Our bodies are said to be able to last for weeks without food but only a few days without water. This makes sense when you consider that our bodies are around 60% water and that dehydration may damage us both physically and emotionally.
Mineral and spring water, which are often sourced from subterranean reservoirs and springs, may contain minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Dehydration can affect memory and mood in children and adults. Dehydration affects the brain and body, and even minor dehydration can worsen emotions and increase anxiety.
We confuse thirst for a "sugar craving" because the brain can't distinguish between hunger and thirst. Try water first when you want something sweet.Hydration may assist maintain weight. Water before meals may reduce appetite and help you lose weight.
A lot of study has been done on the effects of hydration or dehydration in athletes, and the results all very well agree that dehydration affects not just sports performance but also physiological function.
Staying hydrated may help avoid constipation in children, adults, and the elderly since water helps to 'keep things going' in the digestive tract. There is some evidence that fizzy water may also be beneficial.
Some people may develop or recur kidney stones due to dehydration. In women, drinking enough water may minimize the incidence of bladder and urinary tract infections, including cystitis.