The Importance of Water

With it beginning to get hotter and hotter, now is the best time to bring up the subject about staying hydrated and make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids especially water.

There are many health benefits to drinking staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water. Drinking enough water every day is good for overall health. Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. It keeps your temperature normal, helps lubricate and cushion your joints, and helps protect sensitive tissues. Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, mood change, body overheat, constipation, and kidney stones.

So, how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperature climate need? The U.S. National academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 Cups (3.7 Liters) of fluid a day for men, 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluid a day for women. If you are an athlete then it will be just a bit more, always aim for the higher end of the recommendation, and stay on top of being well hydrated.