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The Importance of Water

by Dr. Michelle Vallie, LCPC, PhD.

At a conservative estimate, water comprises 75 percent of the human body. Brain tissue is believed to be 85 percent water. Current studies indicate that an adult. in order to be properly hydrated, requires at least half a gallon of water (fruit juice may be substituted for a portion of the water) per day. If you weigh over 200 pounds, an additional 8-ounce glass of water for every 10 pounds over 200 pounds is necessary to prevent dehydration. Dehydration is seldom recognized for what it is. Most of us assume we don't need to drink water unless we experience dryness in the mouth. The need for water to replenish the body's tissues occurs well before our mouths feel dry. Additionally, many of us have the habit of drinking coffee and/or caffeinated soft drinks all day long.

The overuse of these products may be dulling our ability to measure when we are dehydrated. The caffeine in coffee and in most soft drinks not only destroys the water contained within them but also depletes the body's reserves of water. Keep a glass or water bottle handy. As you go through any exercise program, take a good healthy sip of water at the end of each repetition or when your mouth feels dry. Don't worry about the extra trips to the bathroom. Frequent urination may mean you are ridding your body of toxins more quickly than you ordinarily do. Bear in mind, also, that if you have not been drinking this much water, your body will need some time to adjust to the increase in fluids. Once that occurs, the frequency of urination will naturally be reduced. As always we offer insightful fitness, nutrition, and motivation tips from world renowned experts. Bookmark these articles and simplify your quest for knowledge to hunt down the best fitness, nutrition and health advice on today's internet.

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