Water is important for health

It's common knowledge that in 80-degree weather, the body needs to replenish lost fluids. Therefore in higher temperatures, we reach for a cold glass of water without much thought. But even in the dead of winter, we still lose water on a regular basis. Our body is constantly losing the life-promoting resource of water through the body processes of perspiration, urination and even breathing. And regardless of temperature, when we are ill, we lose even more water than normal. So, if you feel a case of the sniffles coming on, you know it's time to up your water consumption.

If you aren't drinking enough water, your body might have trouble regulating its temperature, eliminating wastes and keeping skin moisturized. Water carries nutrients to each of your cells, so it is essential for all bodily functions. The bottom line is that water makes up 60 percent of your body, and we simply cannot function without it.

Recommended daily intake for men should about 13 cups per day, and women should consume about nine cups. If you don't like water, you can consume soups, juices, milk along with water in order to achieve your daily goals. Add water-rich foods to your diet, such as watermelon, lettuce, broccoli, grapefruit and carrots.

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