Why Do We Need Water?
Water is the most vital nutrient in your daily diet; although, most people don't think of it as a nutrient. You can go for weeks without food, but you can only go for a few days without water. So, it's essential! It's even more important when you realize that your body's composition is 60 to 75% of water; so, roughly our body weight is water.
You can break them down even better by looking at the composition of different body parts. Your blood is 83% water; your muscles are about 75% water; your bones are about 23% water, and your brain is 74% water. Now, you can see why it's essential to drink enough water. It doesn't take much dehydration at all to cause problems in your body. You can have as little as 1 or 2% loss of body weight in water, and the reaction can be that your energy is sapped and you feel tired.
Not getting enough water can cause other problems such as mild to excessive thirst, fatigue (which we just covered), headaches, dry mouth, muscle weakness, dizziness, light-headedness, and little or no urination. So it's important to make sure that you drink enough water.
How Much Water Should I Drink In A Day?
A lot of people have asked, "How much water is enough water?" The basic rule of thumb is to take in about half your body weight converted into fluid ounces. So if a person weighs 200 lbs., then you should be drinking 100 fluid ounces of water per day.
About 20% of your daily water intake can come from food. If you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, there's going to be a lot of water in them. This applies in particular to watermelon and citrus fruit, which are almost 100% water when you figure it out by weight. Beverages like milk and juice are primarily water too.
Benefits Of Water In Every System Of The Body
- It aids your digestion and absorbs all your foods: it acts as the transport system for all the nutrients in the bloodstream. Water is necessary for all functions mainly circulation and excretion. For example, you blow off water in your breath each time you exhale. Water leaves your system not just to your urine but also through your feces, your sweat, and through respiration. You lose water daily, so it's vital to keep putting the water back in.
- Water helps you to maintain your body temperature: it does this through the process of sweating and by the opening up of the capillaries in the circulatory system allowing the skin surface to have the proper blood flow that helps to regulate the body temperature. One of the biggest things the water does is cleansing. Water helps flush the toxins out of your system. It helps keep your kidneys healthy; helps keep your bladder healthy; it gives you better skin because it helps flush out the waste including dead skin cells.
- Water also helps suppress your appetite: It helps you keep feeling full while it helps the body metabolize stored fat. According to studies, if you decrease your water intake, you can cause more fat to be deposited. Likewise, if you increase your water intake, you will reduce your existing fat deposits.
- Water also helps maintain your muscle tone: Since the muscles are over 75% water, it helps give the muscles the ability to contract, prevents dehydration within the tissues, and prevents the soreness.
- Water prevents sagging skin: This happens because water flushes out toxins; the shrinking cells are buoy up by water giving it a clean and healthy cell structure. It does this by clearing out all the toxins in the cells.
- Water helps you reduce weight loss: If you are working on weight loss, your body will be dumping a whole lot of toxic waste into your system as it burns off the stored fat. You'll need to drink more water to help flush out all those toxins and to prevent you from feeling anything uncomfortable from the detoxification. So water helps get rid of the waste and flushes it out fast.
To sum it up, drink plenty of water and try to get it in a glass container.