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Water – The Fountain of Youth?

Posted by Alaska Premier Health | Dec 17, 2019 3:20:13 PM

Take a guess. What percent of your body is water? Less than 50%? Less than 60%? Maybe 70%? The answer is your body is 65-70% water, but less so if you have more body fat. Water is therefore quite obviously SUPER IMPORTANT. The average adult eliminates about 2.5 liters of water per day. You will get some water replacement from your food intake but the rest needs to come from water - H20! Pure and simple and FREE. Stay away from sugar soda. Not even diet soda. No coffee, though this might be a little harder... Just stay away from sugar and fat loaded coffee. Water – that clear, earth given refreshment is the best of all.

The majority of water is stored around our cells and in the bloodstream. Our bodies are hard at work 24 hours a day trying to keep a fluid balance. This balance is critical to the proper function of everything – keeping you warm, keeping you cool, keeping you awake, helping you sleep, keeping the silent biological processes working smoothly all day long – from thinking about what to eat, eating it, digesting it and eliminating waste. Think of your plants when you forget to water them. They wilt. Fast. Water has to be a top of the list priority for you every day. The old standby rule of 64 ounces per day will do you no wrong. Give or take a few ounces and you will be fine.

Keep in mind, physical activity will use more water – yeah! Drink more! More flushing of the system so to speak. If you lose more than 1-2% of your body weight during physical activity you can end up decreasing your performance by 15-20%. So in other words, that water is calorie free, but it is nutritionally vital to optimal performance so replenish and replace. And one last thing. You will save a TON of money by drinking filtered water from your tap. Fill your water bottle(s) and keep them handy. You save money. You save mother earth from gazillions of plastic bottles and you save on health bills. Water, it's the fountain of youth and we highly recommend daily doses.

 

Topics: Hydration

 

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