Water constitutes 60% percent of an average adults’ body weight, and every function performed within our bodies, needs water to achieve necessary effectiveness.
When we get thirsty, we reach for something to quench that thirst but we never think about why we’re thirsty or that we need to replenish our bodily fluids. When we need a boost of energy, we reach for one of the energy drinks that are the biggest nutrition craze right now, without even realizing that water is the best energy drink there has ever been.
Health professionals have been telling us for years that we need to consume at least 8 glasses of water daily, and for some of us that seems like an awful lot. However, it isn’t really. Those 8 glasses are only what is needed for basic cell and organ function.
What water does for us is basically keep us alive, healthy, and happy. It does this by providing us with the following benefits:
• Carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells and organs
• Cleanses toxins from the blood, cells, muscles, and organs
• Lubricates muscles and joints
• Dissolves and releases wastes from the kidneys
• Aids in chemical reaction needed in digestion and metabolism
• Facilitates absorption and conversion of nutrients (vitamins and minerals)
Our mental and physical health is inhibited if we are not providing our bodies with enough water. Increasing intake of water has been shown to aid in such endeavors as; weight loss, recovery from injury or illness, reduce the symptoms of depression, fatigue, even to help clear up acne.
http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutrition/water.htm is a really awesome site to find out how much water you need, specific to your size and age, and gender.