IMPORTANCE: Water is the most essential nutrient the body requires to function. Lean body mass consist mostly of water and requires water to exist. Adults can survive approximately 10 days without water, and can survive weeks without food. The most common cause of muscle cramps is dehydration. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. If you feel hungry, you are already dehydrated. The body needs at least eight glasses of water daily for normal functions (extra while exercising). Our bodies cannot store water and that is why it is so important to get daily intakes.
FUNCTIONS: Water is involved in all of the following:
Drinking enough water is essential to weight loss because of its ability to suppress appetite and to help metabolize stored fat.
Water is the key part to any weight loss program. It is very necessary for helping the body remove fat, and for general overall health.
The following are some of the things that water will help the body with:
1. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces per day
2. Drink an additional 8 ounces per day for every 25 pounds overweight.
3. It is better to drink the water cold; it is absorbed quicker and may burn more calories.
4. Drink clean water, bottled or filtered.
Did you know that water is a simple, free treatment for common ailments such as:
|18.5 or less||Underweight|
|18.5 - 24.9||Normal|
|25.0 - 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 - 34.9||Obese|
|35.0 - 39.9||Obese|
|40 or greater||Extremely Obese|