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Water – It’s More than Just Refreshing!

Nothing quenches your thirst better than a nice cold glass of water, but did you know water plays a very important role in how your body functions on a daily basis? Some of those functions are:

  • carries nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • protects and cushions vital organs
  • helps the body absorb nutrients
  • moistens oxygen for breathing
  • helps convert food to energy
  • regulates body temperature
  • cushions the joints
  • removes waste

Considerting our major body organs consist of mostly water, it’s no wonder we need to balance water loss and keep properly hydrated:

  • Bones – 22%
  • Blood – 82%
  • Brain – 70%
  • Heart – 75%
  • Kidney – 75%
  • Liver – 70%
  • Lungs – 90%
  • Muscles – 75%
  • Skin – 80%

How much water should you be drinking each day? There are varying opinions on this question – one common recommendation is eight 8-oz glasses a day; another is to drink half your body weight in liquid ounces each day (for example, a person weighing 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water each day). Of course, a sure way of knowing you are drinking enough water is to take a look at your urine – if you ‘pee clear’, then you are likely well hydrated!

Drink water, stay healthy – your body will thank you!

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