Water for Life

Oct 20, 2008

A significant portion of the human body is composed of water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water. Blood contains 95% water, body fat contains 14% water, and bone has 22% water.The human body is about 60% water in adult males and 55% in adult females. From these statistics, you can see that water is vital for our very survival. Our bodies will not function and heal properly if our body water percentages are below normal.

We lose water everyday through perspiration, breathing, exercising, and urination. We must be sure to replenish this by drinking enough water throughout the day. Are you drinking enough water to allow your body to function properly? Enough for the hundreds of biochemical and metabolic reactions that occur in your body every day?

Here is a good rule of thumb for how much water you should consume every day. Take your body weight in pounds, divide by 2, and you will get the number of ounces of water you should drink in one day. (Example: You weigh 140 lbs. You should drink 70 oz of water per day, approximately 2 litres or 8.5 cups).

I have just returned from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where I witnessed firsthand the health consequences of a lack of clean drinking water. We live in a country where we do not have to worry about access to clean water, so be thankful for that and make sure you are drinking enough each day to keep your body functioning well.

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