Water. It’s the foundation for every human being. We need it. And if we don’t have it, we die. But in today’s world we have many options available to us to quench our thirst. There’s carbonated beverages, coffee, tea, sports drinks, juice, the list goes on and on.
So, let me ask you, when you’re thirsty, what is the first thing you think of to get to drink? Is your first instinct to grab a carbonated drink? Perhaps your first choice is a glass of juice? Or, are you part of the small population that reach for a glass of water?
As important and vital as water is to human life, many people take it for granted. The fact is, the human body is made up of 75 percent water. It also makes up for more than two-thirds of the weight of the human body. Water is so vital to human health that without it, we would die in just a few days!
There have been many scientific studies done that illustrate how deeply cell and organ functions rely on water to function correctly. Take the brain for example. The brain is made up of 95% water! Now you can see why water is such a critical factor to be able to think and process information properly. In addition, water serves other purposes such as:
– a lubricant
– forms the base for saliva
– forms the fluids that surround the joints.
– Water regulates the body temperature. The cooling and heating is distributed through perspiration.
– Water helps to alleviate constipation and helps in eliminating waste- the best detox agent.
Drink Water to Lose Weight
This may be shocking news to you but water contains zero calories. Shocking, I know. And since water contains zero calories, it helps the body metabolize stored fat in the body which is why it’s a significant factor in helping people lose weight. When you fail to take in enough water each day, your brain triggers your body to think that it is entering a period of drought. As a result, your body reacts by storing as much water as possible to get through this drought.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
So the million dollar question people always ask is “How much water should I drink?” In order to figure that out, we need to figure out how much water your body actually loses every day.
How Much Water Does My Body Lose Every Day?
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and yes, bowel movements. For your body to properly function, you must replenish its water supply by consuming foods and beverages that contain water.
Breaking this down even further, the average urine output for adults is about 6.3 cups a day. In addition, you lose about 4 cups of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food accounts for about 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so, for the average person, if you consume 8 cups of water per day, along with your normal diet, you will typically replace most of the fluids you lost.
Calculating Water Needs
Another quick calculation for the amount of water your body needs is to take your body weight (in pounds) and divide by two. That number is the amount of water, in ounces, that you should have every day. So for example, I weigh around 180lbs. The approximate amount of water that I need every day is about 90 oz. Make sense?
So before you reach for that can of soda or a glass of juice, give your body exactly what it needs. Drink a glass of good old-fashioned H2O and start living healthier, happier, more fulfilling life!
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