Water – The Essence of Life

Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. But how much do we need to drink?

Health Benefits of Water

Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

Daily Recommendation

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.

Water Intake - Daily Recommendations

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Source: – Mayo Clinic

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jo Smith says:

    Here are some tips if you’d like since you are a newbie blogger… http://josmith1845.wordpress.com/newbie-blogging-tips/ . Loved this post! People these days just don’t drink enough water.

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  2. I was always struggling with it as well! But a couple of years ago I started to take care of it…and now I actually feel sick if I don’t drink enough! You have to think of it as a new habit…they say after 21 day doing something ….everything becomes natural! 😉 Stay Hydrated!

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