Updated: Mar 26, 2019
Your body is composed of about 60% water. Drinking water is essential to your health! This important nutrient is present in liquids, plain water, fruits, and other foods. All of these are essential on a daily basis to replace the large amounts of water lost each day. It is imperative to replenish the water lost to prevent dehydration. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates and during strenuous exercise. If you are thirsty, listen to your body, and drink water or other healthful beverages.
Water helps maintain normal body functions. It is important for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Drinking water can also help control calorie intake. Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising to replace fluids lost by sweating, and water helps energize muscles. Water keeps our skin looking good. Your skin contains plenty of water and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Water helps your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. If your fluid intake is too low, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.