Water is the largest component of your body’s chemical makeup, about 50% to 70% of your body weight. Studies show that your individual water needs vary depending on several factors including your activity level, if you have any health issues and even the climate in which you live. Knowing these facts will help you determine how much water to drink daily. Some benefits of drinking water include:
- Maintains body temperature
- Eliminates waste
- Lubricates joints
- Protects body tissue
- Increases metabolism
- Regulates circulation
Rule of thumb for optimum daily water intake:
An acceptable guideline to follow: drink in ounces an amount equal to approximately 1/2 your body weight in pounds, up to 100 ounces of water per day. For example, an 180 pound person should drink 90 ounces of water.
Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell in your body needs water to work efficiently. Do your body a favor and stay hydrated – your body will thank you!