Importance of Water in Our Bodies

Drinking Water

The Importance of Water in Our Bodies

We have all heard it over and over. Drink your H2O! Since our body is made up with more H2O than anything else, it makes perfect sense that this is important.

  • 85 percent of your brain is water.
  • The human body is nearly 70 percent water.
  • Waste filtered through our kidneys is dissolved in water.
  • If we cannot have water, we will be poisoned.
  • Each muscle in our body is nearly 80 percent water.
  • Including your heart muscle.


Tip for Weight Loss

Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register fullness. While you are eating, focus on eating slowly to give your body the time it needs. Put down your fork after a bite or two and drink some water. This will not only help you get your daily quota, but will help you feel satisfied with less food intake.

Hydrate with Fruit

Many fruits contain a lot of water. Take the obvious one, for example – watermelon. Watermelon is a sweet and healthy way to hydrate. It is a terrific source of the antioxidant, lycopene and vitamins C, A, and B6. It also contains a lot of water — a great way to keep hydrated in the hot sun! One cup of watermelon contains about 60 calories, zero fat, and counts as one fruit serving.

Slice of Watermelon

Food for Thought

Check out the calorie content in the following beverages. Couldn’t you replace one of these with a tall, cool glass of H2O?

  • Starbucks Venti Cappuccino. A 20 ounce serving equals 200 calories.
  • Burger King large Coke. A 32 ounce serving equals 310 calories.
  • 7-Eleven Double Gulp Coke. A 64 ounce serving equals 600 calories.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing