Did you know that our bodies consist of about 75% water? We need water for every joint, every organ, every system and in fact, every cell in our bodies require water to perform optimally.
How much water do we need to consume?
Some think that 64 ounces of water daily is adequate for everyone, but that does not take into account differences in body types, sex, activity levels, environmental factors such as humidity and temperature or any other differences that may require more or less water consumption.
There are others who believe that using the body weight of the individual in the calculation of how much water to consume is a more accurate way to determine water needs. Consumption of half the body weight in ounces of water will ensure proper hydration in most cases (e.g. a person weighing 150 pounds would need about 75 ounces of water daily).
Why do we need water?
Water is vital for the proper function of every cell in the body. It helps to form the saliva needed to begin the digestive process. It supports proper brain function and the development of hormones and neurotransmitters. Water helps to regulate body temperature through perspiration and respiration. It assists in the removal of waste and toxins from the body. It helps to break down food into a useable form for our cells to be nourished. It helps to lubricate the joints and keep the organs supple and functioning. Water aids in the transmission of oxygen to all the cells in the body. Every aspect of the body works better when adequate fresh clean water is consumed.