H20: The Most Essential Nutrient - Do You Know How Much To Drink and Why?

healthy eating water Jul 26, 2018

Water is the MOST essential nutrient! We can survive a lot longer without food than we can without water. Water serves many functions in the body.

Water is a temperature regulator, protects tissues and organs, removes waste, and lubricates the joints.

One of the most essential roles water plays is dissolving and transporting vitamins and minerals so they may be absorbed.

Not drinking enough water puts you at risk for serious health complications such as:

  • Heat injury
  • Seizures hypovolemic shock (low blood volume)
  • Kidney and other urinary problems (e.g. infections, kidney stones)*

Feeling tired and drained of energy are symptoms of mild dehydration. Other signs/symptoms of dehydration in adults include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urination & dark-colored urine
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

How Much Water Should You Drink?

How much water to drink varies from individual to individual, depending on their environment, activity level, body composition, and size. We consume...

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