WATER: Your Body’s Most Important Nutrient!

We all know we’re supposed to drink plenty of pure, clean water, but do we know why?

Water is your body's most important nutrient. It makes up approximately 70-75% of your total body weight and is involved in every bodily function. Drinking adequate amounts of water helps to maintain body temperature, metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, lubricates and cushions joints and organs, transports nutrients, and flushes toxins from the body. There have been questions raised as to how much water we really need to stay healthy. The National Academy of Sciences originally issued guidelines for consumption in 1989, but recently put together a panel of experts to take a second look at how much water is appropriate. The formula that had been used for determining this requirement was based on how many calories a person normally expends each day. It is generally accepted that we should try to consume at least 64 ounces (half gallon) of water per day, and if you exercise or are overweight, even more.

What happens to the body as it becomes dehydrated?