How much water do we need daily to stay healthy? This topic is always dependent on the persons enviroment and activity level. If it is hot you will sweat more and also if you have a high activity level you would require more water as well.
Facts about humans and its relationship to water. Water makes up at least two-thirds of our total body weight. Our brain floats in cerebrospinal fluid, whis is almost all water. Our blood, tear,sweat and our saliva are mostly water. The brain is 75% water, the bones are 22% and even the enamel on our teeth is 2% water. Someone who weighs 150 pounds is composed of about 100 pounds or more than 10 gallons of water.
Water is also important to digestion an also for carring out basic chemical reactions in our body. We require 1 milliliter of water per calorie that we ingest.
An average adult needs 8-10 cups a day and even more in hot enviroments or heavy activity events. Each day we lose 3-4 pints of water in our urine, another pint is lost as we exhale and another pint is lost as we sweat and all of this lost water MUST be replaced.
There are signs of mild to moderate dehydration include cracked lips, headache, irritability, lethargy, poor appetite and malaise.
Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated.
1.Make half of your fluid intake pure water.Try to drink small amounts rather than big amounts all at once.
2.Begin each day with 1 glass of water.
3.Try different drinks that make water taste more iteresting, including sparkling water, flavored water using fresh fruit or herbs.
4.If you are consuming, coffee, alcohol or salty foods you should drink one cup water per cup of each of these.
5.Eat foods with a high water content like watermelon, lettuce or milk.
6. When exercising on a hot day make sure to drink water every 20 min at least a half cup.
The quality of water is important too. Make sure that the water is clean and pure.
Well I hope that puts the importantance of water and the human bodys need for it to function correctly into perspective.
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