Saturday, 8 December 2012

Water is so Important to your Health

Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; your bloods that transport nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control centre of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water.

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 litres (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 litres (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

Skin is intricately tied to the overall health of your body. When your body is properly hydrated, you'll look better and feel better.

Adequate water rewards you with...

  • Enhanced health 
  • Increased energy 
  • Bright, clear eyes 
  • A radiant complexion 
In addition, bloating and puffiness often disappear. How does this liquid work its magic? Behind the scenes, water...

  •  Carries nutrients to every cell in your body 
  • Flushes out nasty toxins 
  • Improves circulation and blood flow 
  • Lubricates your joints 
How do you know if you're consuming enough water?

  • Is your thirst quenched? 
  • Is your urine clear or pale yellow? 
  • Do you feel good?

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