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Why is drinking water important?

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%.
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.
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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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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