Consuming water, especially this time of year, is one of the h
ealthiest things a person can do for their body. While eating plenty of fresh foods is a plus, and exercise should regularly be practiced – the two combined still hold nothing against water. It allows a body to function properly, promotes metabolism and immunities, regulates body temperature, and provides countless other benefits. Making up anywhere from 55 to 78 percent of a body’s mass, it’s more than safe to say a person should get plenty of hydration each and every day.
The Water Breakdown
By section, each portion of the body holds their own hefty share of H2O. Muscles are 75 percent water, blood sits at 83 percent, bones are 22 percent, and the brain is a whopping 90 percent water. Overall, that’s an average of more than two-thirds water.
Failing to drink the proper amounts per day can cause any number of health problems. And when you consider how much water actually accounts for, it’s no surprise why.
Water helps regulate all body functions, provides proper cell growth, generates hydration and energy – and those are just the basics. Water also helps with joint health, removes toxins, allows organs to work more efficiently, moisturizes air for our lungs, and carries vitamins and oxygen particles throughout the blood.
Consuming regular glasses of water promotes healthy skin, leaving it refreshed and hydrated, energizes muscles, helps filter kidneys, and creates a regulated digestive system.
Drinking the standby of H2O is also a great way to control one’s diet or caloric intake. Unlike alternative beverages, (natural) water does not contain excess calories or sugars; just pure, healthy benefits. Drinking water can also flush out food toxins, as well as working to control one’s appetite – both of which can help promote a healthy weight and BMI.
An Apple A Day
As the old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and while this may still hold (somewhat) true, it may have not been the apple doing the work. Yes apples provide important vitamins and nutrients, but they also hold an average of 116 grams of water, or 84 percent of their weight. Eating an apple every day provides a good source of hydration, especially when one doesn’t have access to water. Apricots (89 percent), watermelon and strawberries (92), cantaloupe (90), and grapefruit (82), all hold high water percentages as well.
However, while fruits and veggies provide much needed water, they are no substitution for the source itself. The average adult should consume between 1.5 – 2 liters per day, or eight 8-ounce glasses – an easier stat to remember. Pregnant women should drink closer to 2.5 – 3 daily liters, but everyone’s count may differ depending on height and weight. Check with your doctor or healthcare professional to find an accurate projected volume.
Regular functions and activities will also work to lower our body’s liquid ratio, making water consumption all the more important. Sweating, urinating, bowel movements, and even exhaling all expend a body’s water supply.
In order to receive the countless benefits associated with water, as well as avoiding hydration-based side effects, be sure do drink plenty of water daily.
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