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Water An Essential Nutrient

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Did you know water is an essential nutrient?  Meaning, it is essential for life and we don’t produce it.

How much do we need to continue to live normal healthy productive lives?   The answer is it depends.  On average 8-10, 8oz glasses a day or 2 liters/day will keep you hydrated. However, if you exercise, work in hot climates, eat a high protein diet, are chronically stressed etc., then you’ll require more.

That’s a heck of a lot of water. It is, but we need water to replenish water lost through bodily functions like breathing, sweating, digestion, and passing waste products (urine and bowel movements).

Where is water in our bodies?  Everywhere

  • 92% of blood plasma is water
  • 60% of red blood cells is water
  • 85% of muscle mass is water
  • 70 % of our body is water.

Major functions of water in our bodies and our lives.

  • Lubricate the joints
  • Energy metabolism
  • Maintaining proper muscle tone i.e., allowing muscles to contract and increase in size
  • Maintaining your body temperature – cooling your skin
  • Food digestion
  • Keeps skin healthy and resilient – notice after a big night out how you look slightly older.
  • Maintain proper bowel function and waste elimination
  • Mild laxative.  Don’t drink water and you end up with a fibrous mass in your colon a.k.a constipation, the longer the stuff sits there the higher your risk is to develop certain types of cancer.
  • Dilutes biochemicals, vitamins and minerals to the right concentrations.
  • Mineral absorption
  • Maintain optimal fluid concentrations in the blood.

Water plays a dynamic role in keeping us healthy and feeling good.  When we don’t drink enough we start to experience signs of dehydration.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration, not inclusive:

  • Dry eyes, nose or mouth
  • Impatience
  • Slight nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling weak
  • Gout – Uric acid that has built up and crystalized around the joints -rather painful if you’ve ever experienced it.
  • Constipation

But how can you tell if you’re dehydrated?

Quick checks for hydration

  • Check out your urine. How does it smell and look?  It shouldn’t have a strong smell, it should be pale in color this indicates good hydration.  If it’s dark and smelly thats an indication your kidneys are working overtime, get drinking.
  • Thirst indicates you are already behind on your water intake.

Best way to rehydrate – drink water.

Sorry coffee, tea, cordial and other beverages don’t count.

Tips to drink more water- For a little zing try adding some lemon or lime to your water and always have a glass around to sip throughout the day. Water is water – all of the below would qualify for your 8-10 oz glasses/day.

  • Bottled water,
  • Tap water,
  • Sparkling water
  • Lemon water
  • Lime water

Choose water for life, for love and health. It’s a healthy lifestyle choice and part of a balanced diet.  when you increase you’re water intake you’ll feel better and have more energy.  Why not try it and find out?

I invite to you leave a comment below to share how you add  water to your day.  Also, join my newsletter to receive a free copy of a Balanced Diet – So You Can choose e-book delivered direct to your inbox.

Till next time live life on your terms, it’s “Your Life, Your Choice”.

References:

RedCross.com

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