Li-Jian – “Drinking water”

 

This issue is relevant to me because though I know that drinking lots of water is important, I don’t drink that much or often. Therefore, when I researched about this topic, I slowly learnt that drinking water is much more important than you think it is. Drinking water is very important because it transports nutrients and carries waste away from the body cells. It is also important for proper functioning of the brain and heart. There are many other explanations/facts of why drinking water is important but I’ll explain more of them to you later on. Moving on, my goal is that by doing this as my topic, hopefully I could teach other people who also don’t drink as much water as I used to do to know about the benefits and importance of why drinking water should be necessary in their lives and this topic may not only connect to me, but it may also connect to you.

This topic can affect teenagers because even though teenagers do drink water, sugar- sweetened beverages are being consumed much more than water as teenagers tend to prefer drinks like: Sodas, smoothies, shakes, iced tea etc. and not enough water. Therefore, it affects teenagers because since those types of drinks are being consumed much more than the average amount of water they don’t drink, it causes dehydration and dehydration has many negative effects, some more critical than others. It could lead to kidney failure as there is not enough water to remove the toxins in their bodies effectively to flush their systems the way they are meant to be. It could also lead to lupus symptoms. It is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect any part of the body including the joints, skin, heart, kidney, lungs and nervous system. It is one of the most common disease in which the immune system attacks it’s own body tissues. It is an unpredictable lifelong condition. Dehydration could also cause migraines and depression. Well, you get the point; not drinking enough water has many negative side effects.

I learned a lot about this topic. I learned about the many benefits of drinking water . Here are some of the benefits:

  1. It is accessible and near you
  2. We have access to clean water
  3. Helps you lose weight
  4. Zero calories
  5. Helps to relieve headache and back pain
  6. Make you look younger with healthier skin
  7. Better performance/productivity at work or school
  8. Reduce the risk of cancer
  9. Helps in digestion and constipation
  10. Puts you in a good/happy mood 🙂

Believe it or not, drinking too much water is bad and dangerous for you. In previous cases, inexperienced marathon runners died in effort of trying to keep hydrated known as water intoxication or hyponatremia. Hyponatremia is a word formed from the Latin and Greek roots translates as “insufficient salt in the blood”. Severe cases of hyponatremia can lead to water intoxication, an illness whose symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, frequent urination and mental disorientation. A solution to leveling out what you drink is to balance what you’re drinking with what you’re sweating and to only drink when you are thirsty. Those are the best ways to make sure you control the amount of water you drink. Another solution is to drink the recommended amount of water each day and that is 8 glasses per day for both boys and girls.

Before, I used to think that not drinking water is fine. I used to do it all the time of not drinking the right amount of water but now that I know that there are so many negative effects that could happen to you if you don’t drink water, I made a change and started to drink the right amount I need.

My final opinion about this topic is that drinking water is very important. It may seem that not drinking water is fine but it’s actually not. A choice so small of not drinking water seems no harm at all but in truth, there are many critical negative effects that could happen if you choose to make that choice. So let me ask you a question. Are you still going to hold that soda in your hand, or are you going to choose water instead? You decide.