Benefits of Drinking Water
The hot summer sun was beating down on Eeshan and his friends. “My throat feels so dry!” said Martin.
“Here”, said Rahul. “I have a cola drink.”
Martin thanked Rahul and gulped down the bottle. He said, “There is nothing like a cold drink in the hot summer of Allepey!”
Eeshan said, “There is nothing like water!”
Nitin asked him, “What do you mean Eeshan? How can you compare a cold drink with water?”
Eeshan said, “For starters, soft drinks contain caffeine, large amounts of sugar and phosphorus. Caffeine has many harmful effects such as indigestion and insomnia. Similarly, the sugar in the soft drink may give us instant energy, but its over consumption can lead to obesity. And the phosphorus in the soft drink, depletes the calcium in our bones.”
Rahul asked, “What about energy drinks or sports drinks? We can drink those instead of water?”
Eeshan answered, “These drinks are intended for people who exercise, because then we not only lose water, through sweating, but also a lot of essential minerals. Water may not contain all the essential minerals, but it is a better hydrating agent than sports drinks as one can absorb it easily.”
He continued, “Water can help control your calories Dholu, it is the only liquid on earth that helps reduce weight. And water helps to maintain the balance of fluids in our body. Water improves our digestive system. Ailments like flu and cold can also be prevented with intake of water. If you are thirsty, it is our body’s way of telling us that it is already dehydrated.”
Martin asked, “Can I have a glass of water, Einstein Iyengar?”
Eeshan smiled and said, “Here, take the whole bottle!”
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