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32 Quick Things You Should Know About Your Body, Water, and Staying Hyrdated

You have probably heard that it is very important to stay hydrated. Whether you exercise strenuously or not, keeping fluid in your body at all times is crucial for your everyday performance and function.

Here are some interesting facts that will give you some insight on some of the roles water plays in AND for your body:

  1.  75% of people are chrinically dehydrated
  2. Humans are made up of about 60% of water
  3. Fat tissues are around 25% water
  4. Brain and Muscle tissue are 75% water
  5. Blood is around 83% water
  6. Eyes are about 95%
  7. Water in the body is responsible for transporting and dissolving substances, temperature regulation, lubricating tissues, starting chemical reactions, provides minerals
  8. We get our fluids from food, drink, and also through our skin
  9. On average we get about 4 cups of water from the food we eat
  10. We crave water after eating something salty
  11. We crave water after drinking alcohol
  12. There is a slight lag time between losing fluid and being thirsty
  13. The average adult needs about 12 cups of water (minus 4 since it comes from food)
  14. Babies and children dehydrate faster than adults
  15. Larger people require more water
  16. If you are sick, you need more water and electrolyte replenishment
  17. If you exercise or train hard, you will need up to 24 cups of water per day
  18. The general rule of thumb for hydration is to drink 30-40 mL of water for every kilogram of body weight
  19. We lose .4-.5 mL of water per kilogram of bodyweight through our skin daily
  20. We lose about .5-2 mL of water per kilogram of bodyweight through sweating during exercise
  21. We lose water through feces and urine
  22. Taking in more water than we are losing is called hyponatremia
  23. Losing as little as .5% of water during exercise puts a strain on the heart
  24. Losing 1% reduces aerobic endurance
  25. Losing 3% reduces muscular endurance
  26. When you’ve reached 4% water loss during exercise, you’ve reduced muscle strength, reduced motor skills, and face heat cramps
  27. 5% water loss you face heat exhaustion, cramping, and fatigue, reduced mental capacity
  28. At 6% water loss, you face physical exhaustion, heat stroke and coma
  29. Anywhere over 10-20%, facing death
  30.  Allergies and asthma can be linked to dehydration
  31. We don’t usually notice thirst until about 1-2% of body water is lost
  32. We lose more water when we eat more protein through urea (byproduct of protein break down) removal.

How much water are you drinking daily?