The source of health and beauty

Healthy drinking water and the consumption of sufficient quantity of liquid are essential to a healthy life, to the preservation of beauty and fitness. The exact amount of liquid needed by a person depends on personal characteristics, place of living and physical activity. 

 

Water is the most important element of the body of a human being. More than half of our weight is water. None of our organs is able to live without it. It plays a role in moistening the sensitive tissues of the oral and nasal cavities and the eyes are also only able to function in a sufficiently moist environment.

Dehydration can be the result of not drinking enough water which, in milder cases causes fatigue, but if it is more severe, the functioning of vital organs is put at risk. While human beings can go on without food for weeks or even months, without water they can stay alive only a few days.

The human body continuously disposes of its water reserves by perspiring, urinating and defecating, hence water has to be replenished continuously. The specific needs can be widely differing. An average man living in the temperate climate zone has to drink approximately 3 l per day for the healthy functioning of his organs, while the recommended quantity for an average woman living in similar circumstances is 2.5 l. In warmer climate zones more, up north less water is needed. Obviously, the intake of the required liquid is the sum of the water content of the intake of all nutrients.

Water and Beauty

With age the moisture of the skin naturally decreases and thus it loses its flexibility, becomes paler and sags. One of the obvious results is the phenomenon dreaded by women since the beginning of times, the wrinkling of the skin.

Although the so-called moisturizing face creams and body lotions can hinder this process, their effect lasts only for a short period and they affect only the surface layers. But the process can be delayed by paying attention to compensating for the inner water loss, that is, one has to consume the necessary amount of water. 

Water and Healing

One of the most exciting out of the numerous therapeutic options at hand is balneology, i.e. the external therapeutic use of medical water, which has a long history and is going through its renaissance. By using this healing method serious health problems, like arthritis and musculoskeletal degenerative diseases, gout, diseases of the spine and the intervertebral disc, neuralgias or dermatological and cardiovascular disorders can be treated very successfully and cost-effectively. Hungary, hosting the 2013 World Water Summit is one of the strongholds of balneology in Europe.

Different independent healing disciplines are related to the use of water in numerous other cultures, too. There is probably no other more effective cosmetic treatment for the skin than fish pedicure originating in the Far-East. Lately, the beneficial effects of garra-rufa doctor fish have been observed in treating psoriasis, too.

Water and Recreation

According to recreational specialists it is not enough to be healthy, one must also stay healthy, and it is important to complement our daily working routines with regular cultural, social, play- and physical activities, which help in fighting fatigue and stress, thus improving our physical and mental performance.

A really good recreational activity provides us with a complex experience as it offers the advantages of both a work-out and a good company.  Water recreation sports are typically like this. It is no wonder that the popularity of different types of rowing, sailing, water team sports and aqua wellness is on the rise.

Water and Evolution

Man has an irresistible attraction to water since ancient times. This has many reasons. Water is the crib of life on earth and human beings are surrounded by warm water already in the womb. According to some scientist, among them the Hungarian ethnologist, Vilmos Csányi and psychologist, Gábor Szendi, this might have an evolutional reason.

It was Sir Alister Hardy in the fifties of the last century and later Elaine Morgan in the seventies, who started to research those characteristics of human beings which can be explained only with water-loving ancestors living near water. Among others, they investigated why do we have a layer of fat under our skin, have just sparse body hair, love water so much, why do human beings make love in missionary position which is uncommon among the primates, and why is it so important for us to consume food rich in Omega 3 fatty acids originating in the seas.

According to the so-called aquatic ape hypothesis, the explanation of these characteristics can be that following the split up of humans and chimpanzees, some 4 to 8 million years ago our ancestors led an aquatic life for a time.

And although scientists have not been able to find the one and only decisive explanation to this theory and to the love of human beings for water, it is good enough for the men of our times to enjoy, use wisely and leave intact for future generations this fantastic and precious heritage called water.