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Water is critical to life and if you don't drink enough water it may result in you experiencing either mild dehydration or total dehydration.
Mild dehydration may result in you experiencing fatigue, headache, decreased alertness and even the inability to concentrate.
Total dehydration on the other hand can very quickly lead to death. Thus water is one of the simplest molecules in nature. But water in itself does not provide energy, yet it is so essential to all the cells in our body and the processes that do provide energy.
Water has many functions that makes it important and critical to life.
In food water lubricates food for easy swallowing, softens and makes food edible in cooking and facilitates the blending of ingredients.
In the body water is the basic ‘medium’ where ‘everything happens’. It transports nutrients and waste, as well as products that are important for our body’s metabolism.
It is vital for the excretion of waste products (urine & faeces). It is also cardinal to the body's temperature regulation (sweat). It also acts as a lubricant around our joints. Water is also a shock absorber.
Water is critical to the maintenance of life. Take a look at the effect of dehydration: