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They see each other for the first time and that unfamiliar feeling of utmost attraction tingles every electron in them; they rush toward each other like star crossed lovers to unite forever, only to be thwarted by that oxygen atom milling around. This is the vain love story of all those unfortunate pairs of hydrogen atoms, ending with them being stuck with a fat oxygen atom in the middle and thus, forming the indispensable requirement of life known as water.
With quenching thirst as its most basic purpose, water has numerous applications and yet newer uses of it are emerging every now and then. Here are a few trivia about this wonderful gift of nature.
Healthier skin can also be achieved by flushing these toxins out of the system, which would have otherwise built up in skin pores causing outbreaks of acne. The human brain is 75 percent water, which is more reason to have a generous amount every day. Water therapy also benefits muscles by maintaining proper muscle tone and preventing cramping.
Even if one does not follow the above mentioned water therapy, drinking a considerable amount of water is a must for proper functioning of the human body and good health.
Drinking water is also said to help in weight reduction. Drinking water before meals leads to eating smaller portions, thus, helping in controlling the amount of food intake. Drinking at night before bed is often discouraged because; in order to function properly the kidneys need rest which is only possible during night time. ominous
Cold showers in the morning can revitalise the body and help get rid of drowsiness. Moreover, cold showers strengthen mucous membranes which help in resisting allergies. It also reduces blood pressure on internal organs, helps in contracting muscles for removing toxins.
And, not to forget the instant refreshing ability of a gentle water splash to the face whether it is to get rid of sleepiness or tiredness.
Swimming for infants
Life without water would be quite impossible. With countless people, the majority from underprivileged backgrounds, having no access to fresh water, a huge number of them die every year, especially kids, because of drinking dirty, disease bearing water. The world is already facing fresh water crisis, which will most likely worsen in the coming decades unless everybody makes an effort to reduce water wastage. So along with enjoying the many benefits of water make an effort to save as much as possible, because like they say 'every drop counts'.
By Karishma Ameen
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