Muscle carries a high percentage of water than fat!
The average adult male is about 60% water.
The average adult woman is about 55% water (more fatty tissue than men)
Overweight men and women have less water due to higher percentage of fat!
The percent of water depends on your hydration level. People feel thirsty when they have already lost around 2-3% of their body’s water. Mental performance and physical coordination start to become impaired before thirst kicks in, typically around 1% dehydration.
About 30-40% of the weight of the human body is the skeleton.
Realize that every cell and organ in the body not only contains water but depends on it for proper functioning.
Consider that the heart, kidneys, lungs endocrine glands, immune system, joints, tendons, skin, bowel and brain all function better with proper hydration.
Thinking, sleeping, energy restoration, disease, appetite, absorption of nutrient and elimination of toxins are all affected by having the right amount of water in the body. It has been estimated that the heart and brain are 70 -75% water and the lungs over 80%.
What Is the Function of Water in the Body?
Water serves multiple purposes:
- Water is the primary component of the cells and tissues of the body.
- Water is a thermal insulator of internal body temperature. Perspiration and respiration to regulates the internal temperature.
- Water is needed to carry and utilize all of the nutrients needs to support life. This is vitamins, minerals amino acids, electrolytes oxygen and the waste carbon monoxide. It forms all liquids needed for digestion such a as bile, saliva and stomach acids, fluids to lubricate the linings of membranes and fluids that allow for eyes, mouth, throat, skin, to stay moist as well as produce the secretions for the sexual organs.
- The compound lubricates joints.
- Water insulates the brain, spinal cord, organs, and protects and insulates the fetus. It acts as
- Water is used to flush waste and toxins from the body via urine, sweat and through respiration.
Your formula for proper hydration:
1. Drink 6 to 8 ounces of water when you first awaken in the morning. It may be best to pour a glass of water at night before you go to bed. Place it near your bed and drink it upon awakening.
2. Drink 6 to 8 ounces of water before you start your meal or even before you have a glass of wine or other spirit.
3. Drink two to three 6 to 8 ounce glasses during the day. Set yourself a reminder: alarm on your phone, electronic message reminder, sticky note…have bottle of water on your desk or close to you.
4. Always drink plenty of water when you exercise. My advice is following exercise, rehydrate until you are satisfied, then drink 1 cup more.
5. Put a little zest into your water by adding some fresh squeezed lemon, lime, or other fruit for flavor. Adding cucumber slices, celery and a lemon slices can be not only tasty but also very refreshing.
6. Avoid the over use of dehydrating beverages such as substances which contain large amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup (soda), concentrated juices and alcohol. They all pull fluid out of the cells, keeps it in the gut and therefore, does not allow you to quench your thirst. They are dehydrating.