It’s a FACT—water is the most important nutrient for your body!
You’ve probably heard that you can survive several weeks without food, but only a few days without water. This clearly demonstrates how vital it is to your overall health and well-being. Water comprises about 60% of total body weight in the average adult male and about 50% in the average adult female. Can you believe that? Keep in mind, individuals with more lean muscle mass will have a higher body water content than those with a higher body fat percentage, since muscle mass is approximately 70% water.
Three ways to obtain your daily water needs.
- The first is the most obvious—drinking fluids. Soda, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and a whole host of other beverages, all have water as their foundation.
- The second way you acquire water is through the food you eat. Fruits and vegetables are 80-90% water on average, and meats and seafood are generally 60-70% water. Even grains, nuts, and seeds have water in them, despite appearing relatively dry.
- The third way to obtain water is through the metabolism of food. When carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are broken down for energy, water is produced in the process.
It's a balancing act.
One of the reasons you need water so frequently is because you lose water on a daily basis. In fact, you lose water from four main areas of the body: urine, feces, sweat, and exhaled air. As you might imagine, most of the losses come from urine and sweat. Ultimately, when you balance these losses with your daily water intake, you are in a state of normal hydration.