Hydration: Fact vs. Fiction
Water plays a variety of vital roles in the human body. To shed some more light on its importance, let’s look at some of water’s top functions
- Cellular structure – Water provides the very substance that makes up cells. It is quite literally the mass that inflates cells to provide the environment in which they operate. Additionally, water provides the lubrication and cushioning for organs and tissues.
- Chemical and metabolic function – Virtually all chemical reactions in living cells occur in what is essentially water. Without water providing the environment, countless chemicals in the body would not be capable of fueling metabolic function.
- Transportation of nutrients – Water facilitates the biochemical breakdown of foods consumed and then provides the mode of transportation for nutrients to arrive into the cells
- Regulation of body temperature – Water has a great capacity to regulate body temperature by absorbing heat and moving it to our skin and respiratory system. Acting as a coolant, water ensures that the other functions of water are sustained.
- Elimination of cellular waste – All living cells utilize nutrients and have active metabolic function. There are always by-products from these reactions, and water is essential to mobilize the removal of this cellular waste.