• Ciera Harrell

Why drinking water is important


Nowadays everyone seems to carry bottled water everywhere.

Drinking water is essential to your health.

"Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day," says Joan Koelemay, RD, dietitian for the Beverage Institute, an industry group.

Drinking water helps maintain the balance of your body's fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% of water.

"Through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves," says Guest, who is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University.

When you're low on fluids, the brain triggers the body's thirst mechanism. When this happens, you should listen to those signs and get yourself a drink of water.

Water can also help you control calories. When many people go on a diet, they drink a lot of water as a strategy to help lose weight. Substituting water for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, general water recommendations for total water intake from all beverages and foods are about 15.5 cups of water each day for men and about 11.5 cups daily for women.

Water is important to nearly every part of your body. Water helps you maintain your current state of being and can also improve your overall health.

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