The body is mostly water and consumption of this resource is essential to everyday life. While we have all heard that one should drink eight glasses of water a day, this is not a hard and fast rule. While it is a good baseline, eight glasses may be too much or too little depending on the person. Most people get too little water a day. Water enables the body to carry oxygen to cells, balance electrolytes, aid in cardiovascular and digestive activities, and joint operation. To maintain a hydrated state one should drink when thirsty, carry water with them, and eat foods with water like fresh fruit.
- Water is essential to body operation. It helps in oxygen transport, digestion, joint activity, temperature, electrolyte balance, cardiovascular operation.
- Simple rules like eight eight ounce portions of water a day are often helpful as a baseline of consumption.
- One can increase water consumption to optimal levels by drinking when thirsty, carrying water with them. Some foods like fruit will have water in them.
“Studies also found that proper hydration can support weight management – participants who had water with their meals consumed less food”