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The Importance Of Water

Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Drinking water does more than just quench your thirst — it’s essential to keeping your body functioning properly and feeling healthy. Nearly all of your body’s major systems depend on water to function and survive. Every day we lose water through our breath, perspiration and other excretion methods. As we focus on our breath and using healthy breathing habits, it is important to bring it full swing. Be mindful that you are replenishing your body with water before, during and after practice.

Here are just a few important ways water works in your body:

- It regulates body temperature

- It moistens tissues in the eyes, nose and mouth

- It protects body organs and tissues

- It carries nutrients and oxygen to cells

- It lubricates joints

- It lessens burden the on kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products

- It helps dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them accessible to your body

By consuming the minimum recommendation of water, you’re helping your body to function better and improve your overall health.

The most common question (and a good question) received is how much water should I drink? To calculate how much water you need, use this formula: Your weight multiplied by 67% (2/3) = the number of ounces of water you should drink daily. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would multiply 200 by 67% or 2/3 to discover that you should drink around 150 ounces of water per day.

Of course, it is true that your water intake will fluctuate with different variants like physical activity, weather or any other external conditions that may require additional intake. The medical field does recommend that if you are active you should increase your intake by 12 ounces for every 30 minutes of activity.

Just like anything else in life, there are considerations to acknowledge. It is important to know that although drinking enough water is essential for the human body to function, drinking too much water can be dangerous. If you are ever in doubt of what is best for you, consult your physician to gain better insight on how much water is necessary specifically for you and your lifestyle.


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