ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta’ala, teaches us in Qur’an, the
importance and value of water, as HE says:
Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were
joined together (as one unit of Creation), before We clove them
asunder? WE made from water every living thing. Will they not
then believe? (Qur’an — Chapter Al-Anbiya: Verse 30)
It is HE Who sends the winds like heralds of glad tidings, going
before HIS Mercy: when they have carried the heavy-laden
clouds, WE drive them to a land that is dead, make rain to
descend thereon, and produce every kind of harvest therewith:
thus shall WE raise up the dead perchance you may remember.
(Qur’an — Chapter Al-‘Araaf: Verse 57)
... You see the earth barren and lifeless, but when WE pour down
rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it puts forth every
kind of beautiful growth in pairs. (Qur’an — Chapter Al-Haj:
Verse 5)
It is HE Who has created man from water: then has HE estab-
lished relationships of lineage and marriage: for your Lord
has power (over all things). (Qur’an — Chapter Al-Furqan:
Verse 54)
And do they not see that WE do drive rain to parched soil (bare
of herbage), and produce therewith crops, providing food for
their cattle and themselves? Have they not the vision? (Qur’an
— Chapter Al-Sajdah: Verse 27)
It is clear from these verses that without water, there cannot
be life, neither human, nor animal, nor plant. All creatures
are dependent upon water for survival. Science has deter-
mined that the human body is made up of about 70% water.
We need to drink water to maintain our bodily functions,
including temperature regulation, delivering nutrients and
oxygen, protecting tissues and joints and cleaning out tox-
ins and wastes. In addition, making sure to drink enough
water can prevent constipation, reduce the wrinkling of skin
and even suppresses the appetite, which can help control
weight. It's because water is essential to healthy blood flow,
trouble-free functioning of the digestive tract and maintain-
ing proper body temperature-which is especially important
during exercise, when we’re losing water constantly through
breathing, sweating and other basic bodily functions. So the
more you work out, the more important it is to keep tabs on
constant replenishment.
While we may drink tea, coffee or soft drinks, they are not
a substitute for water. Actually, caffeinated drinks and tend
to increase fluid loss, requiring more water to make up for
lost fluids. Alcohol, though we do not consume, but has this
same effect. In addition, the sugar in these beverages inhib-
its the absorption of water by the body.
It is generally agreed that the average adult requires at least
8 full glasses (60-80 ounces) of water a day. Heavy activity
or exertion and high temperatures will increase fluid loss
requiring even more water consumption. An easy rule of
thumb is to drink one ounce of water for every two pounds
of weight, so a 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of
water a day, about 8 glasses.
Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration, that can
result in serious health problems including, heat stroke, heat
exhaustion, asthma, headaches, allergies, hypertension, ele-
vated cholesterol, chronic fatigue, depression and abdominal
pain. We must get in the habit of drinking water regularly
throughout the day, not just when we feel thirsty. In fact,
when you feel thirsty, you have already begun to dehydrate,
so you are already late in drinking. Other signs of dehydra-
tion or not drinking enough water are dark colored urine
and dry skin.
Many of us are used to snacking on things during the day.
One way to drink enough water is to keep a bottle or glass
nearby and take a sip every few minutes, or chug half a glass
every half hour or so. It will pay off in better health and
more energy.
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