Staying well hydrated is key for optimal health.
- Between 50% and 70% of a healthy adult’s body weight is water.
- Lean tissues (such as muscle) are over 70% fluid (water, blood, etc).
- Fat tissue is only between 10%-20% fluid.
- A baby is approximately 75% water weight.
- An elderly adult is only 50% water weight (or less).
- Fluids dissolve and transport substances.
- Fluids help maintain body temperature.
- Fluids protect and lubricate tissues from injury.
So (now) knowing this, why wouldn’t you focus on keeping your body hydrated?
Take your bodyweight and divide it by 2 to figure out how many ounces of water (minimum) you should be drinking daily.
Eat Your Water!
Eat foods with a higher water content. These foods in the picture below are between 90% – 99% water.
Foods that are between 80%-89% water are apple, peach, pear, carrots, egg whites, and yogurt. Eat up!
Please note: Too little or too much fluid intake (fluid imbalances) can be serious and even fatal. Pale urine typically indicates adequate hydration. Consult with a registered dietician for more information.
*Facts taken from Nutrition for Life by Thompson & Manore
The global water facts:
- Nearly 1 million lack access to safe water.
- Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
- Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
- More than 3x more people lack water than live in the United States.
- More people have a mobile than a toilet.
Water.org is a way to give safe water and a dignity of a toilet to all.
They posted this clip on their facebook page yesterday. It’s only 15 seconds, but extremely powerful.
Water.org accepts paypal too…just sayin.