Drink Up!

July Team Goal—Water consumption !

Why Do We Need Water?

 

Our bodies are about 60 percent water

. Water regulates our body temperature, moves nutrients through our cells, keeps our mucous membranes moist and flushes waste from our bodies. Our lungs are 90 percent water, our brains are 70 percent water and our blood is more than 80 percent water. Simply put, we can’t function without it. Most people sweat out about two cups of water per day (0.5 liters). Each day, we also lose a little more than a cup of water (237 ml) when we exhale it, and we eliminate about six cups (1.4 l) of it. We also lose electrolytes — minerals like sodium and potassium that regulate the body’s fluids. So how do we replace it?

We can get about 20 percent of the water we need through the food we eat. Some foods, like watermelon, are nearly 100 percent water. Although the amount of water that we need each day varies, it’s usually about eight cups (2 l). But instead of worrying about getting in those eight cups, you should just drink when you start to feel thirsty. You can get your water by drinking other beverages — but some beverages, like alcohol, can make you more dehydrated.

If your urine is dark yellow, you might not be drinking enough water. Of course, you need more water when you’re exercising; ill with diarrhea, vomiting or fever; or in a hot environment for a long time. Most people can survive only a few days without water, although it depends on a number of factors, including their health and environment. Some have gone as long as two weeks. Followers of a Buddhist boy meditating in Nepal claim that he has gone two years without food or water, but doctors have not been able to substantiate this

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When you don’t get enough water, or lose too much water, you become dehydrated. Signs of mild dehydration include dry mouth, excessive thirst, dizziness, lightheadedness and weakness. If people don’t get fluids at this point, they can experience severe dehydration, which can cause convulsions, rapid breathing, a weak pulse, loose skin and sunken eyes. Ultimately, dehydration can lead to heart failure and death.

Dehydration caused by diarrhea is a major cause of death in undeveloped countries. Nearly 2 million people, mostly children, die from it each year

. Consuming water polluted with biological contaminants and not having access to adequate sanitary facilities can lead to diseases like malaria and cholera and parasites like cryptosporidiosis and schistosomiasis. Water can be also be contaminated with chemicals, pesticides and other naturally occurring substances.

Information from: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/h2o3.htm

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5 thoughts on “Drink Up!

  1. Thanks for this information, Corie! I struggle with getting enough water…it is great to have this as a goal, especially in the hot month of July. Looking forward to sharing information with everyone. 🙂 Becky

  2. I’m so excited about this program! And I never realized I was suppose to drink that much water!!

  3. A way to monitor your water consumption is to keep rubber bands on your bottle. When you finish the bottle, take a rubber band off and put it on your wrist. For example, I have a 600 ml bottle and need to consume 70 ounces of water a day, so I have 4 rubber bands on my bottle.

  4. Five Advantages of Drinking Water in the Morning:
    #5: Drinking water on a empty stomach purifies the colon making it easier to absorb nutrients
    #4: Increases the production of new blood and muscle cells
    #3: Helps with weight loss. Drinking at least 16 ounces of chilled water can boot your metabolism by 24% in the morning
    #2: Glowing skin. Water helps purge toxins from the blood which keeps your skin glowing and clear
    #1: Balances your lymph system. These glands help you perform your daily functions, balance your bodily fluids, and fight infection.

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