Nutrition Basics

4 Key Roles of Water

Water performs SO many important functions in the body. Here are four key functions you need to know about to keep every cell in your body functioning optimally.

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Water Hydration

#1 - Removes Wastes and Toxins

There are a few ways to excrete waste and also toxins from the body. Those include breathing, through digestive elimination, and through sweat and the skin. All of these processes rely on water to be carried out successfully. 

#2. Enables cellular hydration

Each of the cells in our body requires water as a solvent to perform all of their functions. As you might already know, our bodies are about 60% fluids and 2/3 of that amount is comprised of intracellular fluids (the fluids inside of our cells.)

#3. Supports the body’s healing processes

Our bodies have amazing self-repair systems which are why you can heal from a cut. But, as you already know, cuts can heal quickly or slowly depending on bodily processes that depend on water.

#4. Supports joints

Adequate hydration leads to the body being able to better absorb shocks to the joints and organs. It also lubricates joints. Beyond that, it cushions both bones and joints.  

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So, how much should I drink?

While there isn’t a specific number, a healthy, well-hydrated person should be able to drink in response to thirst. Unfortunately, if your electrolytes aren’t in balance or your body is adjusted to chronic over-hydration or chronic under-hydration, then your thirst signals might be off. If you’re trying to rebalance your body’s hydration levels, a good rule of thumb is to drink 1/2oz per pound of bodyweight of intake coming from fluid water AND from food. Foods contain water too!

Look for straw or light yellow colored urine. 

I know it might sound boring, but still water from a trusted source is optimal compared to sparkling waters, teas, coffees, and other beverages. To mix it up, make your own “spa water” with lemon, lime, cucumber, berries, or herbs.

You can also make a batch of switchel, a colonial-era electrolyte beverage made of water, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and molasses. 

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