Dr Bret Wilson

Your Body of Water

By Dr Bret


Photo by Jodie Wilson

The body is 70% water. Water provides a vehicle for nutrients and electrolytes to travel through the body. Water is the medium upon which the chemical reactions that sustain life take place. Water plays a vital role in the way that the cells of the body talk to each other. Water lubricates joints and maintains the cushions between our bones. Water is the major component of blood and digestive fluids. Water is essential to help with circulation, breathing, detoxification, transport of nutrition and getting rid of waste. Water intake reduces inflammation, wrinkles and fatigue. Proper hydration and maintaining proper levels of water to the body is essential for good health.

How Much Water Do We Need To Stay Healthy?

The average adult loses 80 oz of water a day through perspiration (sweat), urination, defecation(bladder and bowel elimination) and respiration (breathing). You need this much intake to remain hydrated.

Drink pure plain water 6-8 glasses a day. On average a sedentary person in a temperate environment needs 68-135 ounces per day. If water is not palatable to you, substitute some servings with highly diluted non caffeine herbal teas, juices or and slice of fruit to water. Certain foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, can provide some water.

Drink water regularly through the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water, by the time you are thirsty, you are already suffering the effects of dehydration.

Start and end your day with a serving of water. Your body loses water while you sleep.

Factors That Increase The Need For Water:
Exposure to temperature extremes-hot or cold- your body uses more water to maintain normal temperature.
Strenuous work, exercise or activity depletes water in your body through perspiration and respiration.
Exposure to heated, cooled or re-circulated air increases evaporation of water from the skin.
High fiber diets require more water to process and digest the fiber, prevent constipation.

Caffeinated drinks act s a diuretic depleting your body of water. Do not fool yourself into substituting these beverages as a serving of water.

Diets that are highly salted, contain preservatives or are high in sugar increase the need for water and promote dehydration.
Common diseases such as colds, flu, nausea, diarrhea, constipation increase the body’s need for water and increased water helps the body recover.

Do Certain People Need More Water Than Others?
Men need more water than women on average. However the difference in need is reduced when both sexes are physically active or exposed to temperature extremes. Pregnancy and breastfeeding increase the body’s demand for water.

Children under the age of 4 are more sensitive to the bodies need for water and are too young to respond to this need. It is important f parents to keep children properly hydrated and provide necessary fluids. Remember water is best, avoid substituting sodas, flavored drinks, fruit juices for water. If playing outside, children need water breaks every 15-20 minutes. This is good time for mom or dad to have water as well.

People 65 years and older, have greater tendencies to dehydration. Decreased ability to respond to temperature change, altered activity levels, medications, obesity, chronic illnesses all increase the bodies need for water. Greater health can be achieved by older people drinking more water throughout the day.

Fat obese people have less water by % than skinny people. Why? Muscle is 75% water and fat is only 20% water. Women have less water than men by virtue of the fact that women naturally have higher body fat.

Drink Water, Be Healthier
Staying hydrated is one of the best and simplest ways to restore and maintain a healthy, fully functioning body. To feel great – hydrate! You are a body of water.

To Your Health
Dr. Bret Wilson