Today, I am going to talk about the importance of water. Water is something that many of us don’t think about. However, if we don’t get enough water every day, we are not giving our bodies what it needs to maintain optimum health. A person can survive for weeks without food but can only survive days without water. Did you know that our bodies are made mostly of water? Here are some quick body facts regarding water:
- Our brains are 95 percent water
- Our blood is 82 percent water
- Our lungs are 90 percent water
If a person has a 2 percent drop in the percentage of water in their body, this will trigger symptoms of dehydration such as:
- Increased thirst
- Loss of appetite
- Dry skin
- Dark urine
- Dry mouth
- Fatigue and weakness
- Muscle cramps
- Chills and shivering
- Sleepiness and mental fatigue.
When a person gets these symptoms, it is important that they take the time to drink fluids. Now, I am not talking about drinking the various caffeinated beverages out there or the many options of sports drinks or even soft drinks. I am talking about pure, fresh, clean water. Water is the best fluid option to combat dehydration.
What are some of the causes of dehydration? Dehydration is caused by:
- Not drinking enough water
- Excessive sweating due to heat and/or exercise
- Blood loss
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Excessive salt intake
Sixty-four (64) ounces of water or 8 glasses is what the adult body needs every day in order to operate at optimum capacity. It often seems like this amount is too much for a lot of people but I cannot stress it enough that in order for a person to work towards optimum health, they need to drink enough water. My personal trick to ensure that I get enough water every day is to take a plastic sports bottle everywhere I go and for my particular sized sports bottle, I fill it up four times a day. When I have completed drinking the four fill-ups, I know I have reached my water goal for the day.
Why do we need all this water? Water is needed to:
- Flush toxins out of the body through the kidneys
- Cool the body by means of sweating when the body gets overheated
- Create saliva to aid in digestion
- Prevent constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and eliminating food waste
- Lubricate the body’s joints
So, now you know the importance of water. It’s time to get into the habit of drinking enough water every day for optimum health. When you drink enough water, your body will thank you for it.