Water: a remedy for malaria?

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Abdusalam Ayodele Alimi
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WATER: A REMEDY FOR MALARIA?
 
Over the years, malaria has been one of the rampant diseases that affect Man.  It is caused by mosquitoes through transmission of plasmodia (malaria parasites) to a person bitten by it, therefore malaria disease is caused by the development of plasmodium in the bloodstream of an infected person.
 
But not everyone develops malaria diseases as a result of the bitting, there are people whose immune systems can deal with malaria parasites and put them out of action before falling ill.
 
Drinking about two litres of water daily has been recommended for adults but many people take less than half of that amount. Here's the fact: the lower the level of water in the blood, the thicker that blood tends to be, and the easier it becomes for malaria parasites to hide in circulatory functions in the body. This prevents the movement of malaria parasites to the spleen where they get destroyed by the immune system.
 
Water is vital, both as a solvent in which many of the body's solutes get dissolved and as an essential part of many life-forming processes within the body. It allows organic compounds to react in ways that ultimately allow the multiplication of living cells and molecules. It also plays an important role in regulating body temperature- in a process called HOMEOSTASIS- by draining excess heat generated by fevers out of the body through sweat and urine.
 
As it has been discussed above, water plays a crucial role in the body and its relevance can not be overlooked.
 
Drinking water every morning will also go a long way to prevent one from having malaria. It helps to saturate the body's fluids and regulates the flow of blood in its vessel around the body.
 
It has been confirmed that perhaps if one ever gets lost in the jungle without access to medicine, it is advisable to survive on at least one litre of drinking water every six hours as this would drain out the fever. Together with adequate exposure to fresh air to support the immune system to perform its function, eliminating fever or excess heat helps to preserve appetite. Fresh air is also important, it contains oxygen required by every living cell in the body. Adequate oxygen is needed by phagocytes ( a type of white blood cell) to effectively break down malaria parasites in a process called oxygen-dependent phagocytosis.
 
Drink sufficient water and get adequate fresh air to stay away from the hospital.
 
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!                                                   

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