Wednesday, June 4, 2008

More on Water

Water Facts and Guidelines

· The adult human body is approximately 55-75 percent water.

· How much water your body needs depends on age, sex and lean body mass.

· The rule to drinking water is about 4 cups for every 1,000 calories.

· Eight 8-ounce glasses a day for people who consume 2,000 calories per day.

· Without water the average adult could only survive 3 days.

· A 5 percent loss of body water will cause weakness.

· Water is lost through perspiration, lungs, body functions, urine, stool and air travel.

· Water loss impairs an athlete’s performance, not salt or sodium loss.

· Fluids should be increased in the heat of the summer.

· Increase fluids to prevent constipation when increasing fiber.

· Coffee, tea, soda and alcohol have a dehydrating effect and will decrease body fluids.

To Promote Increased Water Intake Daily:

· Add lemon or lime to water

· Keep bottled water readily available

· Don’t wait for thirst to be an indicator

Until next time,


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