The weight of an adult is comprised of approximately 60% water. The heart and brain both consist of about 73% water, and the lungs clock in at 83%. Water is absolutely vital to nearly every function that our body engages in, and without it we will not live for long at all. Consuming proper amounts is the foundation of good health, without proper hydration no other steps towards a healthier lifestyle will be adequate.
There is no scientifically agreed upon amount of water that people need every day, the amount necessary is a function of a person’s age, activity level and the climate that they are in. Adult males tend to need approximately 25 to 30% more than females on average. Insufficient water intake over the course of a period of time leads to chronic dehydration, which has been linked to a litany of health problems including kidney stones, decreased kidney function, high blood pressure, UTIs, and even intestinal failure and dementia.
Water performs a litany of helpful functions in the body. Some of the more important of these include regulating body temperature(through perspiration and respiration), lubricating and cushioning joints-cartilage is made up of approximately 80% water, it protects the spinal cord and also expels waste, primarily through urine. Proper hydration has also been shown to improve concentration and help to sustain memory function.
There are many strategies to help you to increase your water consumption. The easiest of these is to simply make it a habit to take a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Replacing sodas with water can both help with hydration as well as with weight loss, as a 12 ounce can of soda runs around 150 calories and provides no helpful nutrition. There are also many apps available to help you keep track of how much water you are consuming.
Water is the most important pillar for anyone who is seeking health and wellness, and making sure you are consuming enough should be the baseline of your daily routine.