Why is drinking water important?

Why shoud you drink water?

  1. Most people don’t consume enough water regularly.
  2. Adequate intake of water is essential for adults as well as children.
  3. The body is made up of 60% water; this enables all the cells, organs and tissue of the body to function properly and should be replenished daily.
  4. General Rule: Adults should drink one full glass of water every two waking hours.
  5. Don’t wait to get thirsty to drink water; this may lead to mild dehydration.
  6. We lose close to 4 cups of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements.
  7. The brain requires proper hydration too as dehydration interferes with concentration and can cause headaches.
  8. Children should drink at least 40 ounces a day.
  9. A warm climate, exercise, soft drinks and high-sodium foods can lead to dehydration.
  10. Infants (with the exception of those being breastfed) should consume 1.5 ounces of water per pound of body weight daily. Breast fed infants receive enough water through breast milk.
One of the benefits of drinking community fluoridated water is receiving the recommended level of fluoride for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride prevents tooth decay by 30-50%.
Water is an essential nutrient your body needs to function! We are made up of 55-75% water - that’s a lot of water! We need all of it for chemical reactions in physiological processes like burning fat and calories. It’s also used to transfer by-products of waste (from fat breakdown) away and out of our bodies. In addition, it helps transport important water soluble vitamins such as your B and C vitamins.

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H2O, otherwise known as water, can have a dramatic impact on your health whether you drink enough water on a daily basis or you don’t take in an adequate amount of water daily. Here are four smart reasons to drink water daily:
Drinking a proper amount of water daily supports your energy levels. If you get dehydrated, you can end up feeling sluggish and fatigued. Tasks that require physical and mental energy become harder to perform when you are dehydrated. Remember that by the time you actually feel a bit thirsty, you are already considered moderately dehydrated.

If you don’t happen to like the dairy or soy options that contain calcium, then drinking mineral water can help contribute to your daily calcium totals and help to prevent osteoporosis. Make sure to see how many milligrams of calcium per serving are in the mineral water and then find out from your health professional what your daily calcium needs are. Different age groups have different calcium needs.

If you are struggling with weight issues, then switching from caloric beverages to zero calorie water can help reduce your daily calorie load. Having a glass of water before meals can help to fill you up, so you consume fewer solid food calories.
Margaret Floyd
Nutrition & Dietetics
Water is one of the most undervalued and important nutrients in our body. We are mostly water, and water is fundamental to every system and function in the body. We can survive without food for up to several weeks, but we can only survive without water for several days.
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Water is one of the body’s most essential nutrients. People may survive six weeks without any food, but they couldn’t live more than a week or so without water. That’s because water is the cornerstone for all body functions. It’s the most abundant substance in the body, accounting for up to 75 percent of body weight. It helps keep body temperature constant at about 98.6 degrees, and it transports nutrients and oxygen to all cells and carries waste products away. Water helps maintain blood volume, and it helps lubricate joints and body tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes, and nose. And water is truly a liquid asset for a healthy weight -- it’s sugar free, caffeine free, and -- most importantly -- calorie free.
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More than two-thirds of your body weight is water. This liquid is just as important as oxygen for keeping you alive. Imagine every cell, tissue, and organ -- all depending on water to function. Water keeps your body alive by stabilizing the temperature, eliminating toxins and waste products, carrying nutrients throughout the body, and maintaining blood volume. Water is also the medium in which cell chemical reactions take place. You could go for weeks without food, but you will live only a few days with no water. Aim for eight or more glasses of water daily, and see if you don’t start to feel more energetic and alive.
Water is a nutrient that is essential to life. Every body function depends on water, and you can live only a few days without it. Your total body weight is 55-75 percent water, which is approximately 10 to 12 gallons. Water makes up about 83 percent of blood, 73 percent of muscles, 25 percent of body fat, and 22 percent of bone.

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