The Importance of Drinking Water
The importance of drinking water cannot be overstated; our bodies really like this liquid. Actually, our bodies really need water. In amazement, we consider that approximately sixty percent of our bodies are water. We humans can survive a month or so without food, but no more than a week without water. It’s that important.
Our bodies use water for a multitude of functions. The blood flowing through our veins is largely water and carries nutrients throughout our system. Water cleans pathogens from our organs and moves oxygen to our cells. We drink water to keep our ears, nose, and throat moist. Where does sweat come from? That would be water. It might be said that water lubricates our entire human instrument.
How much drinking water sustains us? There are several factors to consider when determining the amount of water to consume every day. In what state is your health? If you have a fever, are vomiting, or experiencing diarrhea, drinking more water will replace what you are losing. How active are you? If you exercise regularly and perspire, wet your whistle more. Do you live in a warm climate or just like the heat on in the house? Drinking water is what you need. Are you pregnant or breastfeeding? You are drinking for more than just yourself.
Calculating the amount of water we need is easy to do. There is a variety of formulas that might be used; try this simple and practical one. Take your number of pounds of body weight and divide that number in half. Let’s say you weigh 140 pounds, you will want to drink at least 70 ounces of water each day. If you exercise, engage in airplane travel, live in or are visiting a dry climate, or consume alcohol, more drinking water will delight your body.
When you experience thirst, your body is already low on liquids and dehydration can make you feel tired. So try this next time you are feeling a little tired and need a pick-me-up: drink a glass of water (or two) instead of munching on an overly processed candy bar. You are correct, it will not have the same taste, but the advantages far out-weigh the emptiness of candy.
We love our water! From the time we are wee babies splashing in the bathtub to grownups relaxing in the hot tub, water envelopes us and we love how it makes us feel. We soak our achy tootsies in warm water and prefer to vacation close to cool water. It is, however, drinking water that keeps us afloat. Be aware daily of your water intake, every fiber of your being will be glad you did.
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