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Without food, you could survive for almost two months, but

without water, you would be lucky to last two weeks. The

general recommendation for the consumption of water is 8

to 10 eight oz. glasses per day. Post-exercise, the body can

handle up to eight ounces of fluids every 20 minutes or so.

It is suggested that ingested fluids be cooler than ambient

temperature (between 15 ̊ and 22 ̊ C or 59 ̊ and 72 ̊ F),

with the addition of the proper amount of carbohydrate and

electrolytes if the activity is longer than one hour. Water loss of

nine to 12% of your body weight can be fatal.  Second only to

oxygen, water is the most important element the body needs

to survive.

Your body is approximately 72% water, though different

people have different percentages. Babies have the highest

percentage — about 78% at birth. One year later, that

amount drops to about 65%. In an adult male, about 60% of

the body is water.

Fat tissue does not have as much water as lean tissue. The

fatter a person is, the less their body water percentage. In adult

women, fat makes up more of the body than in adult men.

Because women carry a higher percentage of body fat, their

bodies are about 55% water.

One method of determining total body water percentage

(TBW%) is via Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA).

The traditional BIA method includes electrodes and the

introduction of a current of 50 kHz; however, I use a scale-

type BIA, which measures body water percentage and

fat percentage, because of its simplicity, low cost, high

reproducibility and non-invasiveness.

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When the body has the optimal amount of water, it can function at a higher level of brilliance.

For instance:

1.Endocrine function improves.

The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood,

growth and development, tissue function, metabolism,

and sexual function and reproductive processes. In

general, the endocrine system is in charge of body

processes that happen slowly, such as cell growth.

2.Fluid retention is alleviated — and excess salt

intake is balanced.

It is possible to retain up to five pounds of water weight

within the natural fluid that surrounds cells. Heavier people

may experience more water retention — sometimes as

much as eight to ten pounds of fluid — especially if their

intake of processed, convenient food is high.

3.More fat is used as fuel.

Without enough water, the kidneys cannot function

properly and depend on the liver for help. The function

of the liver, however, is to metabolize fat into usable

body energy. If the liver is tied up doing some of the

work of the kidneys, it cannot function optimally.

This results in less fat being metabolized and remaining

in the body longer.

4. Loss of hunger.

What seems to be hunger at first can potentially be

a sign that your body is in desperate need of water

and could be dehydrated. Since all metabolic activity

and muscle function depends on water, you could

very well be slowing down your metabolism by

not drinking enough. Research suggests one glass

of water first thing in the morning can increase

metabolism by as much as 30%.

5.Muscle tone is maintained.

Water gives muscles their natural ability to contract and

prevent dehydration. Since muscles are roughly 70 to

75% water, it only follows that the lower their water

content, the less they are able to contract. This has a

negative effect on muscle tone.

6.Waste materials are more easily excreted.

During weight loss and healthier eating, the body needs

to get rid of waste more readily. The metabolized fat

cells and all the waste by-products that are the result of

detoxifying the body need adequate water to help flush

them out of the system.

7. Constipation is relieved.

When the body needs to eliminate waste products

from food, it needs water.  If it is low in water, it will

draw water from other sources, one being the colon.

When this occurs, constipation will follow. To return

to normal bowel movements, ie. one to three per day, water is a

necessary part of the equation.

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