Water intake meets the Water from inside the human body – physiological, cultural, and health perspectives - Synthetic and Systematic literature review

Authors: Munteanu C (1,2,3) , Teoibas-Serban D (4) , Iordache L (4) , Balaurea M (4) , Blendea CD (4,5)
(1) Romanian Balneology Association (2) Teaching Emergency Hospital ”Bagdasar-Arseni” (3) Faculty of Medical Bioengineering, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” (4) Clinical Emergency Regional Hospital Ilfov (5) “Titu Maiorescu” University, Faculty of Medicine
Source: Balneo and PRM Research Journal
DOI: 10.12680/balneo.2021.439 Publication date: 2021 Sep E-Publication date: 2021 Sep Availability: full text Copyright: Not specified
Language: English Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: TEOIBAS-SERBAN Droteea, E-mail: doroteeateoibas@yahoo.com


Article abstract

Background. The average adult human body of 70 kilograms consists in about 67.85% water distributed evenly to an average of 70 % in all major organs of the body: skin, muscles, brain, spinal cord, liver, heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. A smaller percentage is found in the bones (30%), teeth (5%) and fat tissue (50%).

Objective. This review article attempts to present different perspectives on the physiological properties of water in the human body. We describe from the ancient Chinese medicine theory about water being one of the 5 elements of nature and its harmonious interrelation with the other elements in order to balance the human body, to the successful experiments of researchers which demonstrated waters’ capability to change its molecular structure based on feelings, intentions and energy it was exposed to. We briefly describe the role of water for the human body and what effects can the lack of it have, especially dehydration with all the phases of severity. Also, we present the health benefits of drinking water and which type of water is best to consume. We shorty review the different types of natural mineral waters in Romania and the importance of the Romanian researches for balneology and how the waters cand be administrated in crenotherapy for different types of pathologies.

Methods. To elaborate our systematic review, we have searched for relevant open access articles and review articles in ISI Web of Science, published from January 2017 until August 2021. The terms used were water AND health in the title. Articles were excluded in the second phase if they did not reach the relevance citation criterion. The eligible articles were analyzed in detail regarding water importance for human health.

Results. Our search identified, first, 548 articles. After applying a PEDro like selection filter and, we selected 93 articles with a minimum of 8 points on our PEDro like filtering scale (good, very good, and excellent articles with a minimum of 5 citations per year). Detailed analysis of the 93 selected articles has conducted us to the elimination of 33 of them as being on a different subject than that of our article. To the 60 full articles retained for this systematic and synthetic article, we have added 10 articles found through a separate Google search, as being considered of high relevance for our subject and necessary to be included.

Conclusions. Water is essential for the entire planet and also indispensable for the survival of the human body.

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