In the same way that water covers a significant portion of our planet, a significant portion of our bodies are made up of water. And it’s vitally important to our survival. In a nutshell – we need it to live!
Our Bodies and Water
Did you know that the human body is about 60 percent water? That’s right. More than half of what makes up each individual is comprised of H2O. While the brain itself is about 85 percent water, your muscles, lungs and blood all contain significant amounts of water too.
Here’s a breakdown of water and the human body, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies article, “Dietary Reference Intakes – The Essential Guide to Nutrient requirements.”
Heart – made up of 73% water
Liver – made up of 71% water
Lungs – made up of 83% water
So what do all these facts and figures mean? Well, with obesity and diabetes on the rise, it’s more important than ever to provide our body with what it needs to be healthy. Part of this comes from making smart beverage choices, like drinking water instead of sugared beverages. In fact, by swapping one 12 ounce 140-calorie sugared beverage a day with water for a year, you can help eliminate up to 50,000 calories from your diet this year!
Studies have shown that proper hydration is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
So tomorrow, when you wake up, start your day off right by having 8 ounces of water before 8 a.m. It’s a truly great way to get out of bed, get moving and get on the right path to a healthy and happy day.