Water is one of six essential nutrients for life. You need water to live, period.
Water is an essential nutrient for life. You need it to function properly and not drinking enough water daily can be detrimental to your health. In fact, the average person can only go 3 days without it.
Our bodies consist of nearly 60-70% water. It is used to rid our bodies of unwanted toxins, carry nutrients to cells, and keep many tissues perfectly moisturized. Unfortunately, when we excrete waste, breathe, and sweat, tons of water is lost. If the water isn't replaced by drinking more we become dehydrated.
Dehydration inhibits the body from performing many of its normal functions, such as those previously stated. Many might experience side effects like dizziness, weakness, confusion, dry mouth, palpitations, and fainting. If you are experiencing any of these, it may be a good sign that you need to drink some more water!
So, how much water should you drink a day? The Institute of Medicine recommends the average male consume 13 cups, and female 9 cups daily. This may vary, however, based on your lifestyle. Those who exercise constantly will need to consume more water than someone who sits in front of a computer all day. Someone who lives in very humid weather should also drink more water when compared to someone who does not.
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- transport nutrients to cells
- flush toxins
- keep skin healthy
- keep liver healthy
- provides energy
- maximize physical performance
- moisturize tissues
- improves kidney function
- improved brain function
- maintain normal bowel movement
- prevent hangovers
- assist in weight loss
- best thirst quencher
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Written by Kathan Natrajan | 12-28-2015
Written by Kathan Natrajan
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