…“Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor; canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself!” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Water: a source of life, beauty and health
Without water, life itself is unsustainable. Whether plant or animal or human, this basic component is at the heart of our existence. Yet, this obvious truth is easily overlooked…until our thirst reminds us that water is life.
Every living organism is composed of at least 50% water. An average adult human body is 60% water. Human skin is 64% water. A human brain, 73% water. A human lung, 83%. Even our bones – 31% – would crumble without water.
When the human body ingests insufficient quantities of water, the physical consequences are evident. The water our bodies need for the sustenance of life begins to fall. Our health is affected. The efficient functioning of our internal organs, our bones and joints, and our ability to think suffer. A sharp mind, a healthy complexion, muscle elasticity and physical stamina all depend on this life-sustaining liquid.
In a study led by Doctor Lluís Serra Majem, President of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Food Sciences, a decline of the water content in the human body by mere 2% can cause a reduction of mental and physical capacity of nearly 20%. Water helps us think clearly, concentrate, and process information, while also helping us to avoid lapses in energy and the ability to work. More severe deprivation of water – between 3% and 8% of body mass – leads to dizziness, increased heart rate, respiratory distress, and eventually kidney malfunction and failure*.
The Role of Water in the Human Body
Water plays a key role in the proper performance of many vital functions in a healthy body:
- Helps food digestion.
- Dissolves nutrients (carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals), assisting their absorption into the blood and accelerating their transportation to cells.
- Assists in the removal of toxins and excessive nutrients from the body.
- Preserves skin elasticity and softness and helps normalize skin tone.
- Regulates body temperature, dissipating heat inside the body and protecting it against both overheating and hypothermia.
- Plays a significant role for the normal functioning of heart and kidneys and normalization of blood pressure.
- Helps reduce pressure on joints, and facilitates proper muscle function.
A proper water balance in our bodies is vital to continued good health. In order to always feel and look our best, no matter our age or the climate we live in, we need to drink sufficient amounts of natural water.
Doctor Lluís Serra Majem has developed a “drink pyramid” which shows how much water a person needs daily and weekly. Interestingly, at the base of the pyramid sits natural mineral water – something every healthy body requires on a sufficient daily basis.
Specialists the world over recommend natural mineral water, born deep underground and filtered naturally by soil strata. These natural spring waters contain optimal quantities of minerals and microelements vital for a healthy body. To play on the words of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine: “we are what we drink.” When it comes to our drinking water, quantity as well as quality matter. In our information society, the facts about water are readily available and necessary to making the best choice. Where are bottling and production location and facilities? What are the natural origins of the water? What is it’s mineral composition? What are the history, business model, record, commitment to the environment, and quality control protocols of a particular mineral water producer?
* Based on the study: The Importance of Water Intake for Health of Adult Population of European Countries, 2013.
Author: Lluís Serra Majem, medical doctor specializing in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.