Why water is essential to a healthy body

Because our bodies are made up of about 60 percent water, it is important that we consume enough to survive and function properly.
Ayesha Qureshi
Ayesha Qureshi, MPH

Water is essential for good health. Because our bodies are made up of at least 60 percent water, it is important that we consume enough to survive and function properly.

We lose water from breathing, sweating, urination and waste discharge. Therefore, we should make it a priority throughout the day to replenish the water we lose just by being alive.

In addition to quenching thirst, our bodies need water to:

• Assist in weight loss
• Cushions and lubricate joints
• Circulates nutrients
• Aids in digestion
• Gives skin that healthy glow

The amount of water you need each day is equal to roughly half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you will need to drink at least 50 ounces of water per day.

Getting enough water is easier than you might think. Keeping a filled water bottle with labeled ounces is a great way to know how much you are consuming. Or, you can download a water tracker app. Not only do these types of apps let you know how much you’re drinking, they also remind you if you fall behind.

Foods and beverages provide water as well. Just be mindful of the sugar, fat, and calories that also come with those sources and adjust accordingly. The best option, of course, is simply to drink water, because water from those other sources may not be absorbed into your body as quickly. But in a pinch, you can also try:

• Soda
• Milk
• High-water fruits and vegetables (such as melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, and celery).

Again, remember to be mindful of the sugar, fat and calories contained in these and other alternative sources. Also, alcoholic beverages must never be used as a substitute for water, because the alcohol can actually lead to dehydration – the opposite effect of what you want.

Ayesha Qureshi is a certified health and wellness coach and has a background in health behavior and health education.


This article was made possible with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, which has sponsored Qcitymetro’s Health Page since 2010.

Ayesha Qureshi, MPH
Ayesha Qureshi is a certified health and wellness coach and has a background in health behavior and health education.
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