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The Importance of Water in Adequate Nutrition.

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Many people do not see water as a nutrient. Perhaps this is because it is a liquid or because it does not contain vitamins and minerals. However, water is the most important nutrient that we need. Without water, the body cannot work properly.

How much water do I need?

The average adult should consume six to eight medium cups of water per day. This should be consumed throughout the day and not all at once. Not getting enough water can lead to dehydration which can become dangerous.

It is important to note that we can also get too much water and this can be a bad thing, so aim for at least six to eight cups of water per day and listen to your body. If you are still thirsty, it is fine to drink a little more.

Why Do We Need Water?

Without water, our bodies cannot send nutrients, waste products and oxygen into and out of cells. Drinking water also tends to contain critical electrolytes, such as chloride, magnesium, sodium, calcium, fluoride and potassium.

Without enough water in the body, we will notice problems with absorbing other nutrients and issues with digestion. We will overheat faster and will experience fatigue and low energy.

Signs of Dehydration

When we need water, we tend to experience thirst. There are other signs that we need to consume water as well. The first signs of dehydration tend to include:

•Feeling lightheaded
•Appetite loss
•Sticky, dry mouth
•Dry eyes
•Burning feeling in stomach
•Headache
•Skin flushing
•Fatigue
•Muscle weakness
•Dark, foul-smelling urine

It’s unlikely that you’ll experience all of these, but it is good to know them so that we can be aware of our hydration status at all times.

Stay Healthy!

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Author: Agba Joseph

I am Agba Joseph, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Cross River University Of Technology (CRUTECH). I am unassuming and enthusiastic about Health science as it borders on Clinical Nutrition. It is my sole desire that proper Nutrition will be used as a key tool in addressing and preventing malnutrition and other Metabolic dysfunctions.

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