Part 1. Water: Are You Drinking Enough?
Posted by rhondascooking on September 20, 2008
Water is one of the most essential nutrients for the body. As a matter of fact, we can’t live without! Even though we may live a month without food, we cannot live more than 5 days without water1—now don’t you think that this makes water important?! Water transports nutrients and oxygen to the body, eliminates waste, moistens body tissues (such as those in the mouth, eyes, and nose), lubricates joints, and cushions organs and tissues.2 So, if water plays such an important role in our lives, then how much are you drinking? Do you even know how much water your body requires?
According to the Institute of Medicine, the daily adequate intake of water should be 3.7 liters (125 ounces) for men and 2.7 liters (91 ounces) for women. That’s about 8-(16 ounce) bottles of water for men and 5 ½- bottles for women per day! I know what you’re thinking, “That’s a lot!” Some of you may be even thinking, “I don’t like water that much!” Here are a few tips that I think will help you meet this quota–#1 and #2 are my favorites:
1. Start your day (when you wake up) with one 16-ounce glass of water. Repeat every 4 hours until you reach the goal.
2. Use an interesting glass or bottle for your water. Believe it or not, you eat and drink with your eyes first then the mouth second.
3. Add a couple of lemon wedges lemon juice or 1 fresh mint leaf to the water to add a little flavor and garnish; this is good for those of you who don’t like the natural water taste.
1Drinking Water.” Ewg.org. 29 Aug. 2008. 19 Sept. 2008 http://www.epa.gov/region7/kids/drnk_b.htm
2“Find your water supply.” Ewg.org. 2008. 19 Sept. 2008