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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