The human body’s total water percentage is around 50 to 65%, so imagine how critical replenishment is to keep our bodies functioning normally. Given its importance and availability, it’s ironic how many people take water for granted. You don’t have to have the likes of a reverse osmosis machine to enjoy safe and potable drinking water, but for safety and peace of mind it would be nifty to have one around.
How much water does the body actually need?
We have been told time and again to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water (about 1.9 liters) daily. According to medical studies, men should ideally consume 3 liters of water while women, 1.2 liters. Water intake should be increased while exercising, travel to extremely hot or humid environments, and while pregnant or breastfeeding for women.
Why water is good for us
Water maintains the body’s vital organs, muscles, and tissues. It also moisturizes skin, helps flush out waste, and maintain healthy body weight. On top of this, water helps the body dissolve nutrients and minerals, regulate body temperature, and lubricate joints.
Enhancing the appeal of water
There are ways to make drinking water more appealing such as adding flavor by mixing in chopped lemons, limes, oranges or even strawberries. Health experts also recommend carrying around a BPA-free reusable water bottle because you’re more likely to drink it if it’s always within reach. Lastly, drinking water can replace snacking between meals. If you feel full, you’re less likely to overeat.