Water and Your Health
A person can live approximately a month without food, but, depending on the conditions, a person can only live without water for approximately one week. Water is vital for all life on Earth!!
The human body is made up of mostly water…
- Babies have the most – about 78 percent of their body is water.
- By one year – about 65 percent of their body is water.
- Adult men – about 60 percent of their body is water.
- Adult women – about 55 percent of their body is water. Fat tissue doesn’t have as much water as lean tissue, and in women, fat makes up more of the body than men. Fat people have less water than thin people (as a percentage).
The cells in our bodies are full of water…
- The human brain is about 70 percent water.
- The lungs are about 90 percent water.
- Lean muscle tissue contains about 75 percent water by weight.
- Body fat contains about 10 percent water.
- Bone has about 22 percent water.
- About 83 percent of our blood is water, which helps control body temperature, and digest our food.
The Miracle of Water…
- Water moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, throat, ears, eyes, and nose.
- Water protects body organs and tissues.
- Water helps prevent constipation.
- Water regulates body temperature.
- Water lubricates joints.
- Water lessens the burden on our liver and kidneys by flushing out waste products.
- Water carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.
How Much Water Should You Drink Every Day?
How much water you need every day depends on the climate you live in, your size, your health, your activity level, and if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. You lose water every day through normal functions, for example, breathing, when you perspire, and when you go to the bathroom, so you must replace the lost water every day by consuming liquids and foods that contain water.
Fluids are important for active people. Drink fluids before, during, and after your workouts. Water is a fine choice for most workouts, but during continuous workouts of greater than 90 minutes, your body may benefit from a sports drink.
The recommended amount of water for adults to consume each day to maintain good health is about 2.5 quarts (about 8 to 9 cups of water). Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water or fluids in your body to carry out normal functions.
During certain situations, for example, hot or humid weather, activities that makes you sweat, altitudes higher than 8,200 feet, and illnesses or health conditions, you need to increase your fluid intake.
It is possible to drink too much water, but, in general, drinking too much water is very uncommon in healthy adults who eat an average American diet every day. Also, tell your doctor if you have excessive thirst and increased urination, it could be symptoms of a serious medical condition or disease.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Usually by that time, you may already be slightly dehydrated. As we get older, our body is less able to sense dehydration and send brain signals of thirst.
Be good to your body!! Make sure you get enough fluids your body needs every day, And remember… water is the best beverage of choice.