By Danielle Wirick, MS, CSCS, FMSC

It’s 100% natural, low in sodium; calorie, fat, and cholesterol free. It makes up 70% of our body weight, 75% of our muscle, 83% of our blood, 75% of our brain, and 22% of our bone. Body fat is only about 10-15% water. Water is essential to our body to function properly. It helps to transport fats, proteins, carbohydrates, oxygen & hormones that regulate your metabolism. It lubricates joints, keeps skin healthy & glowing, reduces headaches & dizziness, regulates body temperature, helps dissolve nutrients to make them accessible to the body, it lessens the burden on the kidneys & the liver by helping flush out waste products, and it helps with weight loss as it assists in removing the by-products that occur with the breakdown of fat.

But we idly turn our heads when someone says DRINK MORE WATER! Why do we do this to ourselves? One of the easiest ways to improve our health and feel better is to drink adequate amounts of water. So you ask “how much water do I really need?” Let’s take a look…

There are many ways to look at how much water you need. None have been proven to be better or worse than the other, so here are 2 ways to begin with, choose which is right for you.

  1. Six to eight, 8 ounce glasses of water a day.
  2. Divide your body weight in half, which will give you the number of ounces you need a day.

Water is one of the most vital ingredients your body needs. We can survive for approximately a week without any food, but only 3 days without any water. So what’s stopping you – it’s the easiest way to look better, feel better and be healthier!