With summer approaching quickly and outdoor activity increasing, it is
good to know the importance of daily water intake and what role water
plays in our bodies.
The human body consists of 75% of water. This is the most essential
daily ingredient in our bodies. Water helps to cleanse our bodies
from toxins and pollutants and also helps to lubricate joints. When
the outside temperature is up, water acts as a coolant to bring the
body temperature down. Did you know water will also help control your appetite? :)
Each day, we lose 2-3 liters of water through urintation and
perspiration. This amount may increase during illness, exercise,
pregnancy and nursing.
Beverages most people choose to consume are counter-productive in
promoting hydration; for example: coffee, tea, alcohol, soft drinks
and sugary juices. These beverages are all considered diuretics and
will cause loss of water instead of hydration. These beverages will
also draw water our bodies reserve. Most fluids should be replaced by
drinking pure water and by consuming fruits and vegetables daily.
Symptoms to watch for to detect dehydration are: irritability,
fatigue, nervousness, dizziness, weakness, and headaches.