Drink More Water

We all know we should, but do we know why and what are the health benefits. So how much of our body is made up of water. The answer is an amazing 80% of our body is water. The brain is 74% water, Muscles 75% water and Bones 22%. On average we loose 1.5l of water every day through our skin, lungs and the gut via the kidneys. Symptoms of mild dehydration include joint and muscle pain, lower back pain, constipation and the most common one headaches. Thirst is probably the most obvious sign of dehydration; the fact is you need water long before you feel thirsty.

Water is necessary for digestion and also to absorb nutrients and vitamins. It also helps regulate body temperature and removes waste from the body. On average you need 80 ounces of water per day if you weigh 160 pounds. If you exercise then you should be drinking another 8 ounce class of water for every 20 minutes of exercise. We all know that when you drink alcohol this dehydrates you, so aim to drink an equal amount of water. It’s another common fact that you can survive for a long period of time without food, try survive for more than 8 days without water.

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