Water is Life Stay Hydrated

Water is Life Stay Hydrated

 water in the morning - Go Living Healthy

Summer time heat and humidity seem like important reasons to drink good clean water to stay hydrated. That is true, however drinking water and staying hydrated is just as important everyday all year round.

The time of the year never changes the fact of, “Water is Life Stay Hydrated”, however the time of year and activities may require more water to stay hydrated.

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 

  • 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water
  • the lungs are about 83% water
  • skin contains 64% water
  • muscles and kidneys are 79%
  • even the bones are watery: 31%.

This information explains why water and hydration is critical for a healthy body.

Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going:

  • A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material.
  • It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration
  • The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;
  • It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination
  • acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus
  • forms saliva
  • lubricates joints

The daily amount of water we must consume to survive varies according to age, gender and where we live. An adult male needs about 3 liters per day while an adult female needs about 2.2 liters per day. Food can provide some water.

Nutritional facts about Water:Water with Fruit and Vegetables - Go Living Healthy

  1. no calories, no sugar, no sodium, and no artificial sweeteners.
  2. Quality of your tap water depends on your location. It may be a good idea to add a water purification device.
  3. Bottled water is convenient, and not the perfect solution. Either stainless steel or glass travel bottles are the best choice.

Americans are not adequately hydrated.

Here are seven tips to help you help you stay hydrated all year round:

1. Wake up with a glass of water. Whether you have medications to take or you’re heading to the gym or office, sipping a large glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to welcome the day ahead.

2. How much water do you need? 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 about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.

What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?

Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.

3. Thirst often disguises itself as hunger. If you think you’re hungry, especially if you’ve eaten within the past two hours, it may just be your body telling you you’re thirsty. Before you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water, wait 10 minutes, and reassess your hunger.

4. Become more aware as you age. The elderly have increased needs for water because of a decreased ability to detect thirst. Remember that unsweetened tea and coffee are also water-based and great hydrating alternatives to plain water. Decaffeinated versions are equally desirable.

5. Be a Skeptic of beverages with wild promises. Although clear-colored, some waters artificially flavored and sweetened and may contain hidden calories, sugars, vitamins, and caffeine. Jazz up your glass by adding sliced fresh fruit or frozen fruit as ice cubes. You can also add cut fruit to a steamy mug of herbal tea. Be sure to read your labels to see what you’re really sipping.

6. Snack on water-filled foods. Sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, and celery are great portals for your favorite dip (like my guac-humm-mole). These great snacks are comprised of mostly water and can contribute to your daily quota.

7. Other fluids count too. You don’t have to just drink water in order to meet you needs. As previously mentioned, coffee, tea, and water-filled foods can contribute to your total daily fluid needs. Other liquids that count as well include low-fat and fat-free milk, broth-based soups, and 100 percent fruit and vegetable juice.

So have a drink, of clean fresh water for the road of living healthy.

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WB Markovsky
WB Markovsky 14 posts

WB grew up in the electronics business in Ohio. He and his wife made the decision to move to North Carolina in the 80's where they both started a real estate career. In the early 2000's, they started an insurance business WB operates from a semi retired approach. Today WB and his wife are committed to write about Living Healthy.

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