How much water is in your body?

When the temperatures start to climb and everything heats up most people who engage in outdoor activities start to think about hydration. Naturally in the heat we sweat more and therefore need to be mindful to hydrate our bodies to avoid cramping and heat related illnesses.

As we approach winter and cooler temperatures you may be asking why should I concern myself with water?

Here's why. Recently I read a post on Facebook about water and its benefits and it wasn’t just about avoiding heat related illness. Did you know that about 60% of your body is water? Organs like the brain and heart are composed of 73% water and the lungs are 83% water.

As you can see water is a key element of the body which means drinking water is really important year round!

graphic on water to body part percentages

Did you know that you could maximize the effects of water by drinking it at certain times?

2 glasses of water (16 ounces) first thing in the morning helps activate internal organs and increase your metabolism

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion

1 glass of water before going to bed helps prevent stroke or heart attack and can help prevent leg cramps

1 glass of water before taking a bath helps lower blood pressure

 maximizing water intake

 

What I am really trying to say with all of this is water is important to your health--drink plenty of it ALL year round and you may just enjoy better health!

 

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