Necessity of Life: Water
When you think of water, do you include it in the pool of things that are necessary for life?
According to a physiological review by Leonard G. Rowntree, water is essential to the life and function of every living cell. It constitutes more than 70 percent of protoplasm, which is the structural basis of organic life.
I’m always telling my friends and family to drink water because I know it is of great significance to our bodies. I’ve never quite had a problem with drinking water myself. I make sure I drink at least a couple of glasses a day at home. When I go out to eat, I always order a glass along with my sugary beverage of choice. I’ve always known that water was good for me, but I never took the time out to read on exactly why it is important.
In the same review by Rowntree, he relays that water is supplied to the body continuously, but is also lost in this same manner through the lungs and skin. Interestingly enough, Rowntree also provides this fact:
“In health, despite the complexity of the role in metabolism, water is ingested and excreted in balanced amounts so that the water content of the tissues remains practically constant and at a level of maximum efficiency.”
This shows one of the many ways the body tries to revive itself after it has lost a major content of some sort. It also shows why it is important for us to maintain a healthy intake of water because the body cannot necessarily thrive on its own. It needs a bit of help from us. We are the ones who provide our bodies with water.
Whenever I withhold water from my body for even a day, it takes a toll on me. My energy is thrown off, I can’t seem to quench my thirst with juice and it seems like I can just feel the sugar sitting uncomfortably within me. I know the saying stands that dogs are a man’s best friend, but I would venture to say that water could occupy that space.
Water helps our metabolism greatly. It is directly connected to it. Where there is an excretion in water, there must also be ingestion so that “metabolism may proceed at its maximum efficiency” (in the words of Rowntree).
I didn’t realize exactly how important water is until I read this review, and I have a feeling this is the case with many other people as well. So maybe others could use this as a reminder: I can’t help but to think of an old childhood favorite of mine from which I learned a song about embracing the bare necessities of life. In the song, it is said that “[it’s] old Mother Nature’s recipes that bring the bare necessities of life.” How about you think of water as a recipe from Mother Nature?
Thank you, Jungle Book.
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