Water, Please

September 10, 2007 at 5:09 am Leave a comment

Chug

I am back. My internet failed me for 5 days or so and I am finally back and ready to post!

I figured I would resume with a topic of importance to everyone. Water is one of the most important nutrients and something many of us do not get enough of. There is no substitute for water and considering our bodies re composed of nearly 70% water, it is probably something that deserves a bit more attention than it is given.

Water is crucial to our bodies because it rinses our bodies of waste which could otherwise poison us. An insufficient intake of water could lead to kidney stones. A few other important jobs water has in our bodies include: lubricating joints, digestion, movement of nutrients, and cooling.

Water, as it turns out is also a very important part of weight loss. Water helps break down and metabolize fat.

So how much do we need? A typical person should consume about 64-80 ounces throughout the day. This number can vary greatly, however, depending on body weight and muscle mass. Exercise and heat can also increase your need.

Increasing your water intake to meet the recommended amount may also increase your need to use the restroom, however over time your body should adjust and your need to use the restroom should decrease.

Some signs of dehydration include: headache, heartburn, back pain, and depression or irritability. Water is often the best long term solution to dry skin as well.

Remember, there is no replacement for water. Many other beverages, soda in particular, can actually dehydrate you further so get out there and DRINK THAT WATER!

Quote: “When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin

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