Water: The Element That Gives Life
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Water does wonders for the body inside and out. Aside from clearer skin and mental clarity, water fuels cells inside your body responsible for metabolism and fat burning. Did you know: Your brain and heart are comprised of almost 75% water? Your lungs and muscles are about 80% water? Your skin is roughly 65% water? (USGS, 1, NKF,1)
Water intake varies by level of activity, where on this planet we reside, and a few other factors. We don't necessarily have to sweat to lose water. In fact, you can quickly become dehydrated in just a few hours simply by sitting in front of a TV. Did you know that you lose about 1 liter of water during 3.5hrs of flying time? Under normal circumstances, we lose 2 to 3 liters of water in a regular day. Monitor your urine. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. On the contrary, the clearer it is, you're drinking enough water- nicely done! It's imperative to note that thirst is NOT a reliable indicator of proper hydration. By the time you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Fruits and vegetables also contribute to total daily water intake!
We tend to overlook the importance and benefits of drinking something that is free at restaurants and drinkable out of most homes in this country alone. It's the element that gives life. Learn to embrace it, understand its benefits, and drink more of it.
USGS, 1; US Geological Survey: https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
NKF, 1; National Kidney Foundation: https://www.kidney.org/newsletter/can-dehydration-affect-your-kidneys"y.org/newsletter/can-dehydration-affect-your-kidneys