Do you know what humans, plants, and fish all have in common? No? Well, we humans along
with plants and fish all need water to survive. Most of you probably prefer to drink coffee, soda, or other beverages opposed to water, but how
many of you drink water on a regular basis? Today, I'll be talking about the importance of drinking water daily by looking at what water does
for our bodies, the benefits that come with drinking water and a few methods to help you
drink more. I myself am an avid H2O drinker. It's pretty much all I drink. Let's start by looking at how important water is and what it does for our bodies.
Our bodies need water in order to survive.
Allaboutwater.com states that 80% of an infant's body is made up of water Going down to about 70% of an adult's body
Decreasing even more to 50% in that of the elderly
According to an article "The Health Benefits of Water" on everydayhealth.com water helps our bodies By regulating our body temperature
Water acts as a cushion for our joints and keeps tissues in our bodies moist. Water flushes out any toxins or waste from our kidneys and liver as well as intestines Website stepstoperfecthealth.co article "Why do we need to drink water?" says that water is essential for Body circulation as well as flexibility of blood vessels
Digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions
A cdc.gov article "Water: Meeting Your Daily Fluid Needs" talks about How your body looses water through everyday activities as well as when you sweat, go to the bathroom, and even when you exhale How it is important to replace what is lost by drinking water in order to prevent dehydration from occurring Now that we've looked at why our bodies need water, let's look at the benefits of drinking water. There are many benefits that come with drinking water on a daily bases Allaboutwater.org lists a few
Drinking a glass or two of water before each meal is going to decrease your appetite-so
you feel fuller and are less likely to eat as much as you would have-helping you
maintain a healthier body weight(with proper diet and exercise) Drinking more water will lead to you having more energy-daytime tiredness is a sign of
dehydration Better health because water flushes out bacteria that can cause certain diseases Drinking water is said to prevent or even relieve headaches- as they are most likely a sign
of dehydration Drinking water is a natural moisturizer for clearer healthier skin And the most obvious being water satisfies your thirst and is overall refreshing While there are plenty of benefits, there are a few harmful effects One being dehydration- as defined by thefreemedicaldictionary.com Dehydration is the loss of water and salts essential for normal body function. And occurs when the body loses more fluids than it takes in
Another harmful effect being the possibility of over drinking In an article titled "Drinking too much water can be bad for your health" Dr. Margaret
McCartney says that excessive drinking can weaken concentration, lose sleep, and may
even cause kidney damage After looking at why our bodies need water to survive and the benefits of drinking water as well
as the disadvantages, let's talk about how much water a person should drink as well as a
few methods to help you increase your daily intake How much water should you drink in a day?
I'm sure we've all heard that we should drink eight 8oz glasses of water per day While many people believe this to be true, there have been studies done to show that this
is neither beneficial nor is it harmful The previously mentioned article "Why do we need to drink water" from stepstoperfecthealth.co
says that some experts believe you can estimate the amount of water you need by taking
how much you weigh and divide that in half to give you the amount of ounces to drink a
day There are hydration calculators online that you can use to determine how much you
should drink as well Methods you can use...
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