Water facts; how much should you really be getting?

WATER

Water is the most important nutrient in the body.

  • You can go about 8 weeks without food, but only days without water.

Water makes up 55-60% of our total body mass

  • In an average adult, that equates to 10-13 gallons of water
  • Most of the volume of cells and body fluids is water

Water is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population

ROLES of WATER

  • Improves oxygen delivery to the cells
  • Transports nutrients
  • Moistens oxygen for easier breathing
  • Cushions bones and joints
  • Absorbs shocks to joints and organs
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Removes wastes
  • Flushes toxins
  • Prevents tissues from sticking
  • Maintains normal electrical properties of cells
  • Empowers the body’s natural healing process

DEHYDRATION

  • If the body’s water content drops by as little as 2%, it will cause fatigue
  • A drop of 10% will cause significant health problems:
    • Digestive
    • Cardiovascular
    • Immune
    • Musculoskeletal
  • Losses greater than 10% can cause death

SIGNS of DEHYDRATION

Early Signs:                ● Fatigue          ● Anxiety         ● Irritability       ● Depression

  • Cravings    ● Cramps   ● Headaches    ● Hunger

Mature Signs:            ● Heartburn          ● Joint Pain          ● Back Pain

  • Migraines   ● Fibromyalgia   ● Constipation    ● Colitis

DAILY CONSUMPTION

Body Weight  ÷  2  =  _____ oz           Example;  100 pounds  ÷  2  =  50 oz of water each day  (up to 100 oz maximum)

If drinking a lot of water makes you urinate a lot, try adding a pinch of sea salt or a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice in your water

Avoid diuretic beverages (coffee, caffeinated teas, soda, alcohol, packaged fruit juices)

If you drink 8 oz of diuretic beverage add 12-16 oz of water to your daily required amount

Call to schedule an appointment and find out if you’re dehydrated.

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