Water makes up 2/3 of your body weight and it is essential for body functions like temperature regulation, detoxification, it protects and moisturizes your joints, transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, moistens the air in your lungs, protects your organs, aids in the absorption of nutrients, and is important for metabolism and digestion. Surprisingly water makes up 90% of your brain, 83% of blood, 75% of your muscle, and 22% of your bone. No wonder it is so very important to make sure you are drinking enough clean, uncontaminated water, everyday.
Where does the water in your body go? Every day you expel anywhere from 2-4 cups of water just through normal breathing (more in cold weather), around 1 cup from sweaty feet, 6 cups from half a dozen trips to the bathroom (or more), and another 2 cups from normal perspiration, not to mention the water you lose through exercise-induced perspiration. Looking at those numbers, it is easy to see how you can quickly start to become dehydrated if your aren’t drinking enough to replace the water your body loses every day. So how do you know if you are becoming dehydrated? These are some of the tell tale signs: excessive thirst, fatigue, headache, dry mouth, muscle weakness, dizziness, light headedness, and little or no urination (your urine would also be dark in colour).
How do you go about staying well hydrated? Follow the 8x8 rule. At least eight 8oz glasses of water every day (plus). And don’t forget that you can get water from food as well as drinking it.
Maintaining your body’s water balance is a vital factor in general health and wellness. So grab a glass, it will do your body good!