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Water's Role in the Body
Water helps nearly every part of the human body function efficiently. Considering that our bodies are almost two-thirds water, it is important to understand water's role in healthy lifestyles. The following are just some of the things water does in the body:

  • Brain is 75% water - Moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness
  • Water is required for breathing
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
  • Blood is 92% water
  • Moistens oxygen for breathing
  • Protects and cushions vital organs
  • Helps to convert food into energy
  • Helps body absorb nutrients
  • Removes waste
  • Bones are 22% water
  • Muscles are 75% water
  • Cushions joints

Do You Need More?
Keep in mind that there are other factors that may require you to drink more water. Here's a look at a few:

Dry Air Up There:
To combat low humidity levels on airplanes, drink one 8-ounce serving of water for every hour in the air.

Winter Woes:
The colder it gets outside, the more energy your body requires to maintain a 98.6 degree temperature, AND the more water your body needs. So be sure to drink extra water in cold weather.

Flu Blues:
Maladies such as pneumonia and the flu can sometimes lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink more water when you are sick.

Beat the Heat:
If you plan to spend considerable time outside in warm weather, prepare by drinking one to two extra 8-ounce servings of water.

Moms Need More:
Due to high concentrations of water in breast milk, nursing mothers require three additional 8-ounce servings of water per day. Drink up, mom!

Pregnancy Increases Need:
You'll gain as much water weight as baby weight when you are pregnant. This is in the form of increased blood volume, amniotic fluid, and tissue fluids. Be sure to drink 8 to 12, 8-ounce servings a day.

Daily Water Requirements for Good Health and Hydration (based on 8 oz. servings):

Weight Light Activity Moderate Activity Strenuous Activity
115 9 glasses 9.5 glasses 10 glasses
125 9 glasses 10 glasses 11 glasses
150 9 glasses 10 glasses 11.5 glasses
175 9.5 glasses 10.5 glasses 12.5 glasses
200 9.5 glasses 11 glasses 13.5 glasses

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