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The Health Compass = (W)est = (W)ater

Quite simply, we can’t live without it! Most doctors agree that the average person can live up to 8 weeks without food, whereas without water, most people would only last a matter of days (at most a week). The difference lies in the fact that our bodies can store food in the forms of protein and fat. Even when we aren’t taking food in, we are still able to receive energy off of the food we ate long ago. However, we cannot store water. It is constantly in need of being replenished. The cells in our body are mostly made up of water, so if there is no water to be had, our cells die and therefore we do as well.

The health compass - water is key imageThe average adult is made up of about 60% water (more or less depending on your age and size). Even if you aren’t good at math, you can figure out that the majority of what you are made of is water. So, we shouldn’t take the consumption of it lightly. We’ve all heard that we should drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. If you are drinking that much already, you are probably doing better than most, but you quite possibly still aren’t getting enough. Studies have shown that how much water you drink largely depends on your body weight. It’s now recommended that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you should be drinking 75 .oz of water daily.

If you aren’t drinking enough water, you may difficulty breathing, gain excess body fat, lack the ability to digest food properly, and keep unwanted toxins in your body. One of the largest benefits of drinking more water? It helps curb your calorie intake by suppressing your appetite. So, start keeping that water bottle with you at all times, replenishing your water throughout the day. It’s all part of building health!