Our bodies’ need for water is second only to our need for air. In fact, over half of our adult body weight comes from water.
Water provides a medium for all the body’s fluids and is vital for breathing, digestion and metabolism. It also helps balance the acids in the body, carries nutrients into all the body’s cells, and is essential for removing wastes from cells.
Not drinking enough water can impact the body in other ways, including:
- Digestive inefficiency
- Decreased organ function
- Sore muscles and joints
Whether or not you’re dieting, you should drink at least 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water or other non-caffeinated fluids daily. Getting adequate fluids helps your body function properly and may contribute to feeling full so you’re not tempted to munch high-fat, high-calorie foods.
Remember, coffee, black teas and many soft drinks contain caffeine. If you thirst for something besides plain water, try herb teas, lemonade, juice or caffeine-free soft drinks.
One final note: When you first increase your water intake to the recommended level, you will probably need to urinate more frequently. But your bladder will adjust after a few weeks, and you’ll urinate less frequently in larger amounts.