The human body is made up of approximately 60% of the human adult body is water.
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.
The fact is, we can only survive for a total of 3 days without water. Water has replaced in most diets by soft drinks and other sugar sweetened refreshments. By drinking water on a regular basis, you can replenish your body and keep it well hydrated and functioning. For example; The need for water can vary greatly due to weight, temperature and exercising.
Make it a habit to drink water daily. Anytime you exercise, you need more water. Due to perspiration, your body will lose quite a bit of water. Most people wait until we are thirsty before we drink water. By the time you are thirsty you have already lost about 2.5 to 3 liters of body’s water supply. It is important not to substitute beverages with alcohol, soft drinks and caffeine for water. The reason behind this is that those types of beverages act as a diuretic and may cause an increased urination. Instead, teach yourself to drink water instead of other beverages that don’t replenish the nutrients your body needs.
“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 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 fluids a day for men
- About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
Keep bottle of water with you to drink throughout the day. Water is healthier and necessary for leading yourself towards a better health and longevity. There are several mixed opinions as to whether purified water will provide benefit. This is a subject you should explore yourself as you determine the best type of water for yourself. Always consult your doctor in making changes to your health.