Most people fall short of the recommendation to drink eight 8-ounce servings of water per day. Although three-fourths of us are aware of the recommendation, only 34% actually drink this amount, while 10% said they do not drink water — at all! However, Americans drink an average of nearly 6 servings a day of caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda. These drinks can cause the body to actually lose water, making proper hydration even more difficult to attain.

Water makes up more than 70% of the body’s tissues and plays a role in nearly every bodily function – from regulating temperature and cushioning joints, to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing waste from the body. Severe dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion and kidney function. But on a daily basis, not getting enough water can cause fatigue, dry skin, headaches and constipation. Nearly one-third of people questioned did not know that giving a child water instead of sugar-containing drinks such as juice or soda, can help prevent childhood obesity.

The following was released by the Mayo Clinic – Foundation for Medical Education and Research: Functions of H2-0 – Moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose. Regulates body temperature. Lubricates joints. Protects body organs and tissues. Helps prevent constipation. Lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products. Helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body. Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.

Bottom Line: DRINK YOUR WATER. If you don’t “like it” — LEARN TO. What’s not to like? It’s tasteless!!! And often it’s the only thing that will really quench your thirst! Your body will thank you!!


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