Humans are made up of between 55% and 78% water. As we age, our body retains less water, with women having a lower percentage of water than men.
Water does many things for the body including:
Regulating body temperature
Helping to deliver oxygen throughout the body
Keeping mucuous membranes moist
Aiding in digestion and disposal of waste
How much water your body needs per day (80% from fluids, 20% from the moisture in foods).
|0-6 mo||7-12 mo||1-3 yrs||4-8 yrs||9-13 yrs||14-18 yrs||19+ yrs|
|Male||.7 L||.8 L||1.3 L||1.7 L||2.4 L||3.3 L||3.7 L|
|Female||.7 L||.8 L||1.3 L||1.7 L||2.1 L||2.3 L||2.7 L|
In Liters per day (1 liter = 33.814 fl oz. / 1 liter = 4.23 cups / 1 liter = 1000 mL)
Research done on H2O
Attention span, short-term memory, and psycho-motor skills (Skills you do so often you don’t need to think about them) are negatively affected by dehydration.
Staying properly hydrated improves children's cognitive performance in the classroom.
For overweight adults, drinking water before meals helps lose more weight when dieting.
Forty-three percent of US adults drink less than four cups of water per day. That usually falls short of the minimum daily recommendations.