From the oceans that surround us to the sink tap from which we fill our bottles, water is an essential part of life, health, and well-being. Even though water makes up about two-thirds of the human body, recent studies have shown that the average person is not consuming enough water daily. To learn more about how water benefits us, check out these five benevolent health effects.

Water is responsible for lubricating joints: The human body relies on cartilage tissue to expend the full force of joints without pain or injury. Cartilage consists of 80% water; dehydration can damage cartilage and can lead to long-term joint pain. Consistent water consumption can strengthen bone and spine cartilage and protect joints’ shock-absorbing ability.

Hydration promotes kidney function and prevents kidney stones: Water is an essential part of helping the kidneys to filter 120-150 quarts of liquid every day. Several quarts are processed as waste and are recovered in the bloodstream with the help of water. Without proper hydration, the strain on the kidneys could result in Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and other ailments. The main cause of kidney stones is directly linked to a lack of hydration and could result in chronic kidney disease. Daily consumption of water will not only leave your kidneys functioning better for a longer time, but it is also linked to higher energy levels and better body processing functions.

Water helps deliver oxygen to the rest of the body: While we rely on air to breathe, consistent hydration is directly related to healthy oxygen circulation. Our blood is more than 90% water, and blood is responsible for the distributing of oxygen to different parts of the body. While removing harmful toxins, water helps promote a strong, durable immune system.

Water regulates body temperature: Water that is stored in our skin is released during strenuous activity – in the form of sweat – when the body heats up. When the water on our skin evaporates, our bodies are cooled-off in the process. When dehydration occurs, the body stores heat and is unable to effectively cool and tolerate heat strain. Drinking water will not only provide hydration but can also effectively regulate body temperature during exercise or hands-on work.

Water boosts skin health and beauty: In addition to all the health benefits provided by staying hydrated, drinking plenty of water can strengthen and deliver essential nutrients to skin cells. Water replenishes skin tissue and increases its elasticity. In doing so, water helps to delay the appearance of aging like wrinkles, scars, and fine lines.

The call to action is simple – drink plenty of water and practice healthy hydration to promote health and well-being. While we all rely on water for survival, we are not all privileged equal access to water and other hydration resources. On World Water Day this March 22nd, it is not only critical to encourage the healthy consumption of water but to promote access to these resources around the world.

Written on March 22, 2019.