Water is obviously everywhere—in our food, our bodies and covering the majority of our planet. Whether you’re chugging gallons, showering or swimming in the ocean, everyone on earth interacts with it every day, in some capacity.
Drinking it is important for a multitude of reasons beyond hydration, like maintaining a normal temperature, lubricating joints and protecting sensitive tissues. You know, standard health stuff. “Sixty percent of our bodies are made up of water,” says Arash Akhavan, M.D. at Dermatology and Laser Group in New York City. “Water is essential to every cellular function our bodies, and maintaining adequate hydration is vital to life. Dehydration can lead to a very quick degeneration of our appearance and general health, including limiting our muscular function, brain power and the function of our major organs.”
It’s no surprise we need even more H2O when we’re running a fever, hanging out in hot weather and when we’re more physically active, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Well, duh.
If H2O isn’t something you regularly think about, allow us open you up the world of water as it pertains to your well-being.
Hilary Sheinbaum is a travel, health, food and lifestyle writer.