17th Sept. 2003
Every system in your body depends on
water? You should make drinking 8-10 glasses of water part of your
1. Get healthy skin. Drinking water moisturizes your skin from the
inside out. Water is essential to maintaining elasticity and
suppleness and helps prevent dryness.
2. Lose weight. Increased water consumption can help you control
weight by preventing you from confusing hunger with thirst. Water
will also keep your body systems working properly, including
metabolism and digestion, and give you the energy (and hydration)
necessary for exercise.
3. Flush toxins. By helping to flush toxins, appropriate water
intake lessens the burden on your kidneys and liver.
4. Reduce your risk of a heart attack. Researchers have found that
people who drink more than five glasses of water a day were less
likely to die from a heart attack or heart disease than those who
drank fewer than two glasses a day.
5. Lubricate your joints and muscles. Water makes up a large part of
the fluid that lubricates and cushions your joints and muscles.
Drinking water before, during, and after exercise can also help
reduce muscle cramping and premature fatigue.
6. Stay regular. Water helps prevent constipation by adding fluid to
the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and
easier to pass.
7. Stay hydrated, get energized, and be alert. On average, most
adults lose about 10 cups of fluid a day through sweating, exhaling,
urinating, and bowel movements. Even minor dehydration can cause
impaired concentration, headaches, irritability, and fatigue.
8. Regulate your body temperature. Perspiration is your body's
natural mechanism to control body temperature. And to sweat, you
need plenty of water.
9. Reduce your risk of disease and infection Water can help prevent
kidney stones and reduce your chances of getting bladder, kidney,
and urinary tract infections. One study found that women who drank
more than five glasses of water a day had a risk of colon cancer
that was 45 percent less than those who drank two or fewer glasses a
10. Get well. The traditional prescription to "drink plenty of
fluids" when you're sick still holds strong. Water can help control
a fever, replace lost fluids, and thin out mucus.
Following documents, publications and web-sites have been consulted
for preparation of this document:
World Health Organization
Drinking Water Issues in Pakistan – A Situation Analysis, The
WebMD Water Health International
National Conservation Strategy, Pak EPA, Government of Pakistan