Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight according to MayoClinic.com. So it makes sense that we need to drink plenty of water each day. But what does water do and why is it important for our bodies?
Every system in the body depends on water to function properly. Water carries nutrients to cells, flushes out toxins, moisturizes the lungs and throat and can help your metabolism. If you don't drink an adequate amount of water, you'll get dehydrated quickly, which can zap you of energy fast and cause painful headaches, among other things.
Drinking water can also help you lose weight. Water is the classic no calorie thirst quencher, plus by drinking it throughout the day or before meals, you're less likely to overeat. I keep a refillable water bottle by my side at all times - it's easy to slip into my purse or keep in the car. That way it's always accessible.
How much water should you drink daily? Let your thirst be your guide. If you are very active or exposed to high temperatures, you'll likely need to drink more water than a sedentary person in a climate-controlled environment. In general, the Institute of Medicine recommends women drink approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water - from all beverages and foods - each day, and men an average of about 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) of total water.
So remember, for your general health and to help in your diet efforts, keep yourself hydrated. You'll feel great and help your body function at its best.
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