Water is Essential to Life

All living organisms need water to survive; that includes humans. Our bodies are actually made up of 60% water and is the main component of our body. Hard to believe? Let's see some of our major organs, tissues, and body parts:

  • Bones contain 22% water

  • Muscles contain 75% water

  • Lungs contain 79% water

  • Blood contains 83% water

  • Our brain contains 90% water

Not only is water an essential component to our bodies but it performs major functions to ensure our body is healthy, here are a few:

  • Transports and absorbs nutrients and oxygen throughout our body

  • Essential to digestion and regulates our appetite

  • Moisturizes the air in our lungs

  • Flushes out waste and toxins in our body

  • Protects major organs and joints

How Much Water Should We Drink?

Without water our bodies would not be able to function; actually we would die. The average person can survive about a month without food but only a week with no water. Drinking enough water per day is key to having a healthy, functioning body. How much should a person drink? Generally, the average person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

Other than keeping our main biological functions healthy and running properly, water can do even more to help you perform and live a better life:

  • Did you know we can confuse hunger with dehydration? Water helps to maintain body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating our appetite. Plus, water has zero calories!

  • Remember how our brain is 90% water? A common cause of headaches is actually dehydration. Try drinking a glass of water as a natural remedy to alleviate some of the pain.

  • You can actually look younger and healthier. Water moisturizes and ensures proper cell formation underneath the layers of our skin giving it a healthy glow.

  • Do you have constant cramps or aches? Water naturally lubricates our muscles and joints which can reduce sprains and joint/back pain.

  • Do you struggle with sickness? Water is essential to your immune system which fights off disease and bacteria in your body. It can even reduce the risk of colon, bladder, and breast cancer.

  • When your body receives adequate hydration, your mood is heightened and are happier from your increased health and wellness.

Make a Habit to Drink More Water

You can clearly see the importance of keeping yourself hydrated is an essential part to having a healthy, functioning body. But in order to achieve it, we must choose to make drinking water a habit in our everyday lives. Drinking those eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day may be hard for some and even harder to keep track of if you have a busy lifestyle. Here are some ways to promote your water drinking habits:

  • Carry a water bottle in your bag or purse with you and drink when you are thirsty.

  • Water too bland? Try adding some lemon to your water to give it some taste.

  • Work on making water your default drink, some soft drinks and soda actually dehydrate you.

  • Drink water when you feel below par, tired, or fatigued, you may just be dehydrated

  • Keep track of when and how dehydrate yourself. Did you have some coffee this morning? Did you walk to work today? Did you have a few cocktails at happy hour? Try to re-hydrate yourself when you remember dehydrating your body, it will help replenish your water supply and keep you functioning.

So are you drinking enough water in your life? Do you need to drink more? Remember you have one life to live, so why not live it in a way that can make you feel happy, healthy, and even live it longer!