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Benefits of Drinking Water & Drinking Enough!
All life needs water to survive.
Plants, animals, and of course, humans rely heavily on this organic compound to properly function on a day-to-day basis. Water is an essential ingredient to our well-being. It is the key to maintaining physical and cognitive health, which is why humans generally understand the importance of drinking it. But why is this clear, flavorless substance so important? What exactly does H2O do for the human body and how does a person know when they need more? Thankfully, science has helped answer these questions.
According to researchers Dr. Shaun K. Riebl and Dr. Brenda M. Davy, the human body is made up of about 45-75% water.*4 However, our bodies are also constantly losing water, which occurs through various channels of the human body. Listed below are some of the different ways the body loses water:
Sedentary adults lose about 250-350mL per day through respiration. However, when engaging in physical activity, the average adult loses approximately 600mL/d through respiration.*4
Sweat is an obvious channel of water loss. What is not obvious is how much water is actually lost via our sweat glands. Sweat exerts about 450mL/d, but this can increase to up to 3L per hour when engaging in physical activity in warm temperatures.*4
Urination and Gastrointestinal:
The most well-known channel of water loss is through urination. Urine releases 1,000-2,000mL/d4. On average, that’s about 75% of the water the average adult is supposed to consume daily. Fecal water exerts approximately 100-300mL/d.
Total Water Loss = 1,500-3,100mL/d
Fortunately, the water we intake is approximately 70-80% from water-based beverages and approximately 20-30% from water consumed via soups, stews, fruits and vegetables. That means that if the average adult wants to stay hydrated, all they have to do is eat and drink water-based foods and drinks. It’s a simple remedy for what could be a fatal problem.
Dehydration causes weakness, dizziness, fatigue, fainting, nausea or vomiting, and even a fast heart rate, mental confusion and sleepiness.*4 Researchers across the world have studied the harmful effects of dehydration and how water helps our bodies function properly. These researchers have found numerous scientifically proven benefits of staying hydrated.
Here are some of the benefits of drinking water:
Most people understand that it is important to drink water while exercising. However, many people do not understand exactly how water helps their physicality.
For starters, muscle mass is approximately 70-75% water.*4 Engagement in a physical activity without proper hydration affects speed, endurance, muscle recovery and overall leads to a higher rate of exhaustion.*5 If the body is not properly hydrated, it will not be able to power through a workout.
Not only does water allow the brain to function properly but it also helps our other organs work efficiently.
As Barry M. Popkin explains in his article “Water Hydration and Health”, “Water excretion via the kidney removes solutes from the blood.”*3 The kidneys are responsible for cleaning out harmful toxins from the body, and without sufficient water intake, these toxins cannot be removed and can cause harm to the body.
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