Our bodies are approximately 60% water. Every system in our body depends on water to function properly and keep us going. I think most everyone knows that drinking water is an essential part of staying healthy, but what is often overlooked is how drinking water and staying hydrated actually helps us. I found a nifty chart created by the Mayo Clinic showing how water functions in our bodies – but the figure they used was really “funky” looking so I created my own version of the chart 🙂
I was amazed by how much water does for us. Besides keeping us from getting dehydrated (even mild dehydration can make you feel fatigued), water is also important for making our bodies work properly – and one more thing that water does – it keeps things flowing – if you know what I mean. How much water you need each day depends on things like how active you are, where you live (hot or humid climates make us sweat more), and your overall health. A general rule of thumb is to drink 8-8oz glasses of water a day. Of course, you don’t have to get all your fluids from water. You get some fluids from your foods (~20% per day), and you can drink beverages other than water to up your fluid intake, but think of water as the no calorie way to stay healthy. Try keeping track of your water consumption for one day and see if you are meeting your water needs.
And, finally, let’s all work together to kick the bottled water habit. We can save our planet and save ourselves $$ by refusing to buy bottled water. Use resuable containers for your water needs.
Bottled Water Facts:
- The average American consumes 167 bottles of water a year.
- Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United States. We love bottled water and yet it is not safer than many public water sources and it costs about 1000 times more.
38 million plastic bottled water containers go to the dump each year in America alone.
- Plastic bottles take hundreds of years to begin to begin to disintegrate.
- For every six water bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin. The rest are sent to landfills or end up as trash on the land and in rivers, lakes, and our oceans.
- The production and transportation of plastic water bottles uses significantly more water than the bottle contains, e.g., a one-liter water bottle uses 6.74 gallons of water in its production and transportation. Also, the production and distribution of a one bottle of water uses a liter of fossil fuel and is responsible for the emission of 1.2 lb. of greenhouse gases.
So, Think Before You Drink (bottled water) – Have a totally awesome Friday – And Be Fierce in your Workouts!