Today I am going to talk about how important water is. In future posts I will address some of those other water topics.
How Important is Water to our Bodies?
It is absolutely essential. The body cannot function without water. It is used in all of the chemical reactions in the body. Therefore, water is necessary for us to digest food, deliver the nutrients to the cells, and to remove the wastes. It is used in contracting muscles, our ability to move. Blood cells (red and white) are 65% and 70% water and the blood plasma is better than 90% water, so water is a major component of our immune system. Water is used to lubricate our joints and cool us off. It is also used in the electro-chemical reactions in our brains that we call thinking.
Mild dehydration can cause dry mouth, reduced urination, and darker urine. Stronger dehydration can bring on dizziness, inability to think clearly, loss of muscle control, and finally death.
Ok, that is getting pretty severe. Most people don’t go much beyond the dry mouth and darker urine. I heard a nurse once say that if you urine is yellow, then you are dehydrated. It should be pretty much clear.
Anyway, stay properly hydrated and your body will work so much better. They say 8 glasses of water a day. I think the better recommendation I hear a lot is for a half ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds then you should drink about 60 ounces of water.
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