By Inioluwa Bode-Oguntoke

It has become a trend on the internet to drink water as regularly as possible, leading to many young people over the world being seen carrying at least a bottle of water in hand or in their bags. It is interesting that among the females, there has been a common belief that water helps makes the skin glow and helps to reduce weight.

Although water helps the skin, it also has many other benefits that cannot be over-emphasized. Joan Koelemay, RD, the dietitian for a Beverage Institute believes that we should “Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,”. In short, drinking water is essential to one’s health.  Here are some advantages of drinking water regularly:

  1.  Drinking-Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids

 The human body is mostly composed of water. According to research water makes up 60% of the total body mass. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

  •  Water Can Help Control Calories.

For years, people have been drinking lots of water as water to lose weight. While water does not have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. “What works with weight loss is if you choose water or a non-caloric beverage over a caloric beverage and/or eat a diet higher in water-rich foods that are healthier more filling, and help you trim calorie intake,” says Penn State researcher Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Weight Control Plan.

  •  Water Helps Energize Muscles.

Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.