Why Water Is Important and How to Determine How Much You Need
Did you know that the human body is comprised of around 70 percent water? Water is used in all of the body’s cells, tissues and organs. Water also keeps the body’s temperature regulated, so you need to keep the water intake going for your body’s production.
How much water should you be drinking? On average, experts recommend 64 ounces a day; however this varies depending on the climate where you live, your level of physical activity and if you have any illnesses. You also lose water naturally each day through sweating, exercising, urinating, bowel movements and breathing.
Find out exactly how much water you should be drinking a day with this hydration calculator. You may be surprised how much you should actually be drinking each day, I sure was!
Benefits of Drinking Water:
- Water is an energy booster
- Transports oxygen and other important nutrients to the cells in your body
- 85 percent of your brain tissue is comprised of water, so if you’re dehydrated, your body and mind will both be stressed
- Keeps your joints lubricated, helps to prevent muscle cramping
- Essential to digestion; water dissolves waste particles and passes them smoothly through the digestive tract, helping to avoid constipation
- Lowers the risk of getting kidney stones
- Hydrates your skin. If you are dehydrated, your wrinkles are deeper, so drink that water and look younger naturally
- Cools your body from the inside out
Drinking ice cold water also makes the body burn more calories since it takes energy for the body to warm up the water. So throw some ice cubes in your water and burn those extra calories!
If you don’t like water, there are other alternatives to get in your daily fluids:
- Fruits and vegetables
- 100-percent juices
- Crystal Light
- Seltzer water
- Adding a lemon or other fruit to naturally flavor the water
Keeping hydrated is important at any age, especially for the young and the elderly. While it’s nice to have this week deemed as National Patient Safety Week, let’s be proactive to keep our kids and elderly hydrated so that is one less challenge they may face and avoid being hospitalized.
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