The Importance of Water
Water is by far the most important nutrient for the human body. Next to oxygen, the human body needs water in order to survive. About 60% of the human body is water; therefore it is important to consume as much water as you can. The average person loses about 3- 4 liters (about 10-15 cups) of fluid a day in sweat, urine, exhaled air and bowel movement. What is lost must be replaced by the water we drink and the food we eat.
Water is important in helping with digestion; the absorption of food, the regulation of body temperature and blood circulation, the carrying of nutrients and oxygen to the cells in the body, and for the removal of toxins. Water also helps with the movement of joints, and helps protect tissues and organs in the body. It is also good to drink water for metabolic and weight loss purposes. Drinking water metabolizes stored fats, and helps maintain proper muscle tone.
Most importantly though, drinking water will prevent dehydration, which can have detrimental effects on the body. By drinking enough water, you keep a regular flow of fluids going in the body so that it can perform it’s daily functions easily, and effectively.
Some factors that can increase water needs are alcohol consumption; physical activity; hot weather; medications; pregnancy; prolonged diarrhea; vomiting; burns; surgery; and increased dietary fibre, protein, salt or sugar.
Simply looking at your urine will tell you if you need more water. If your urine is dark yellow, you need more water. Ideally, urine should be pale yellow or clear. However, if you have taken any vitamin supplements, they may alter the colour (eg. B vitamins create bright yellow urine)