Pour yourself a tall, cold glass of Dihydrogen Monoxide, also known as water, and drink up while you are reading this article!
You’ve probably heard that our bodies are made up of 70% water. Well, that’s mostly true- we’re about 55-65% water depending on how much lean mass (muscle) versus fat mass you have. Lean mass carries more water, and men tend to have more muscle than women, so they tend to be the more aqueous of the sexes. Never the less, over half of our physical being is made of water. That’s quite a bit! We are made up of so much water because our bodies need water for most of the complex processes happening continuously that keep us alive.
Our bodies use water to regulate our body temperature via sweating and respiration. Our blood relies on water to continue flowing, thus carrying nutrients through the body and carrying waste products to the kidneys and liver for disposal. Water helps form the fluid that lubricates our joints. Water also helps form the fluid around our brains and spinal cords which act as a shock absorption system.
Because our bodies rely so heavily on water to continue functioning, and our bodies are constantly using up our supply of water to regulate temperature and help excrete waste products, it is important to replenish our water supplies consistently.
Bob Cranny, PT