Water and You ~
You are what you drink!
potion? Necessity of life? Wet and wild?
Water is all of these!
Water is essential to nearly all of our body functions,
from running to thinking. In fact, our bodies are almost
two-thirds water. We don't slosh when we move because
all of that water is busy working for us!
- regulates body temperature
- carries nutrients and oxygen to cells
- flushes waste away from cells
- works as shock-absorber for organs
- helps convert food to energy
- cushions joints
- makes up 92% of the blood
- makes up 22% of bones and 75% of muscle
- makes up 75% of the brain
The average adult excretes 2½ to 3 quarts of
water a day. To maintain an adequate supply of water
for your body to function efficiently, you need to drink
at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water every day.
Even if the only exercise
you get is breathing, you still need to drink
They say we're 98% water.
We're that close to drowning. -Steven Wright
You can't rely on thirst to tell you when your body
needs a drink. Most people don't usually feel thirsty
until they have already become partially dehydrated.
Also, the thirst signal shuts off before you have had
enough liquid to make up the deficit. The best way to
be sure your body has all the water it needs to function
at peak level is to drink water regularly, whether you're
thirsty or not. Sometimes your body needs even more
water than usual.
These times include:
- during hot weather: You lose more water
through perspiration. Even a small water deficit can
cause headaches and dizziness.
- when you exercise: You lose water through
both perspiration and exhalation, even in cold weather.
- when you're sick: Water helps get rid of
toxins, loosen congestion and replace moisture lost
through fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- while pregnant and nursing: Blood volume
expands during pregnancy and extra water is needed
for adequate milk supply. 10 to 12 (8-oz.) glasses
per day are recommended.
- when traveling: The low humidity inside airplanes
and at mountain resorts can dry your eyes and respiratory
passages, worsen jet lag, make you irritable, and
actually interfere with physical and mental function.
Drink 12-20 (8-oz.) glasses per day.
- when dieting: Water flushes away toxins formed
by the breakdown of fat and muscle. Drinking extra
water also helps retain muscle tone and suppresses
- Babies and seniors easily become dehydrated.
Make sure infants drink plenty of liquids. Urge older
family members to drink water between meals.
Some drinks actually decrease your body's water supply!
Called diuretics, these liquids cause your body to excrete
- alcoholic beverages
- caffeinated tea
- caffeinated coffee
- carbonated soft drinks
In addition, milk and drinks with a high sugar content
contain so many solids they actually increase your body's
need for water. The best way to be sure your body has
an adequate moisture supply is to drink plenty of clean,
fresh water every day!
performance suffers after losing only 2% of body
weight from dehydration.
Water is the only drink for a wise man.
-Henry David Thoreau
Simply pure, clean and refreshing, without any calories,
additives or after taste. Perfect for low sodium diets
or any other distilled water uses.
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