“A MAN OF WISDOM DELIGHTS IN WATER.” ― CONFUCIUS
Our bodies are made composed of approximately 60% water for the average adult. Is it any wonder why we have to use the restroom so frequently? Literally water is life for us. Without it, we would shrivel up and look like a prune. Let’s be honest, nobody wants that to happen.
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult need? The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:
- About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men
- About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages, and food. About 20% of daily fluid intake usually comes from food, and the rest from drinks. Now sadly some people still believe this, they used to state that coffee, tea, beer, wine, and other items of that nature do not count towards our daily water requirements. (Try to stifle the sobbing, you’ll lose even more water.) However, with more recent research that was completed, the effect of the diuretics within those drinks is not enough to offset the base composition of water. Meaning we can enjoy our drinks as per usual, but make sure you drink some good old fashioned water as well.
Gee, what are the benefits of drinking all this water? Well I’m glad you asked that. Listed below are just some of the benefits of being properly Hydrated.
- Helps maximize physical performance
- Affects energy levels and brain function
- Helps prevent and sometimes treats headaches
- Aids in a healthier metabolism
- Promotes optimized organ function
So, the moral of the story is this, drink your water and enjoy the finer beverages of life in moderation!