Water Facts


How much water should you drink each day?

Your daily water intake depends on several factors such as your body size, physically activity level and even the climate, which determines how hard your body works to keep you warm or cool.

As a general guideline, researchers estimate that the average person should drink between 1.5 and 2.5 liters (about 1.5 – 2.5 quarts) every day to replace the bodily fluids normally lost throughout the day.

 

WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS

More than ever, the availability of safe water has been questioned. Current water treatment technology and government agencies cannot keep up with the growing list of organic and chemical contaminates commonly found in the water we consume daily.

 

WHAT WATER DOES

We all know drinking water is good for us, but did you know…

Blood is 92% water, bones are 22% water, the brain is 75% water, and muscles are 75% water.

Water also:

  • Makes up the majority of every cell in our bodies.
  • Is the biggest part of our blood and lymph systems, carrying food and oxygen to our cells and carrying away waste.
  • Helps flush our kidneys to get rid of toxic substances.
  • Helps balance our electrolytes, which help control our blood pressure.
  • Helps moistens our eyes, mouth, and nasal passages.
  • Helps keep the body cool when it is hot and insulates the body from cold.
  • Acts as a shock absorber to cushion the body’s organs.
  • Helps lubricate joints and is part of your blood, sweat, tears, and saliva.
  • Can provide many of the trace minerals our bodies need.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Drinking enough water can improve your overall health and well-being.

Because water is important in so many body functions, getting enough water is key in achieving optimal health.

Water helps maintain blood volume, which maintains your energy. Proper hydration improves your concentration and reaction time, especially during exercise.

Water increases the number of calories you burn during regular daily activities.

Water can help prevent stomach distress caused by concentrated medicines.

Water helps rid the body of excess sodium that can cause fluid retention

Water help protect against a variety of ailments. For example, studies show there may be links between high water consumption and a reduced risk of:

  • colds
  • constipation
  • urinary tract infections
  • kidney stones
  • bladder cancer

Water may improve your appearance. Water reaches the skin last; if your body does not get enough water, your skin will feel the effects more than any other organ. Water can help hydrate the skin, leaving it:

  • smoother
  • softer
  • more supple
  • more wrinkle-free

Water may help you lose weight. People often mistake thirst for hunger pangs, so we tend to eat snacks, when in reality, our bodies just need something to drink. Drinking water can also help you feel full, lessening your desire to eat.

Studies also show that drinking enough water may:

  • Give you more energy during exercise
  • Increase the calories you burn during exercise
  • Help your body reduce fat deposits