Everyone learns that humans need water to survive. Water makes up 60 percent of our bodies, so maintaining the proper balance between water and electrolytes is required for good health.
Every part of our bodies contains a significant amount of water. The USGS Water Science School reports that our brains and hearts are composed of 73 percent water. Our lungs contain 83 percent water. Skin is 64 percent water, while muscles and kidneys are 79 percent water. Even bones are 31 percent water.
Because water is such an integral part of our makeup, it plays a role in regulating many of our body functions. Water controls everything from body temperature to heart rate to blood pressure. It also supports a healthy metabolism and plays a role in keeping our muscles healthy.
Staying hydrated doesn’t necessarily mean drinking lots of water. Of course, you should still drink plenty of water, even when you are getting it from other sources. It’s also wise to stay away from drinks that add unnecessary calories. However, drinking coffee and tea in moderation will help with hydration. Fruits and vegetables, such as watermelons, tomatoes and lettuce, can help you stay hydrated due to their high water content. For example, an orange is 90 percent water.
When it comes to staying hydrated, there’s no magic number of glasses of water. You probably have heard that you must drink 6 to 8 glasses, but that’s not necessarily the case for everyone. Some people need more. Others need less. This is a situation where you need to listen to your body. If your urine is a light color and going to the bathroom every two to four hours, you’re getting enough water.
There’s no right or wrong way to consume fluids. If you’re getting enough water and feeling healthy, you’re staying hydrated.