Hydration 101

Humans are made up of between 55% and 78% water. As we age, our body retains less water, with women having a lower percentage of water than men.

Water does many things for the body including:

  • Regulating body temperature

  • Helping to deliver oxygen throughout the body

  • Lubricating joints

  • Keeping mucuous membranes moist

  • Aiding in digestion and disposal of waste

                                                              -USGS

 

How much water your body needs per day (80% from fluids, 20% from the moisture in foods). 

0-6 mo7-12 mo1-3 yrs4-8 yrs9-13 yrs14-18 yrs19+ yrs
Male.7 L.8 L1.3 L1.7 L2.4 L3.3 L3.7 L
Female.7 L.8 L1.3 L1.7 L2.1 L2.3 L2.7 L

In Liters per day (1 liter = 33.814 fl oz. / 1 liter = 4.23 cups / 1 liter = 1000 mL)

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Research done on H2O

Attention span, short-term memory, and psycho-motor skills (Skills you do so often you don’t need to think about them) are negatively affected by dehydration.

American College of Nutrition

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Staying properly hydrated improves children's cognitive performance in the classroom.

SHEU Article

 

For overweight adults, drinking water before meals helps lose more weight when dieting.

National Institute of Health

 

Forty-three percent of US adults drink less than four cups of water per day. That usually falls short of the minimum daily recommendations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6 Dehydration Facts That May Surprise You