Water? Unless your throat feels parched or you begin to sweat, you probably give it little thought. Yet this clear, refreshing fluid is one of your body’s most essential nutrients. Water does far more than satisfy your thirst; thirst is actually more like a warning light on your dashboard telling you that your body needs more fluid to perform its everyday functions.
Water transports nutrients and oxygen to your body cells and carries waste away. It moistens your body tissues (such as your mouth, eyes and nose). Water is the main part of every body fluid. It helps cushion your joints and protect your organs. In order for water to do its job in protecting you, it needs a continuous supply into your body. Many food items and beverages (such as fruits, vegetables and milk) contain water, and help you get the amount you need. However, beverages containing alcohol or caffeine do exactly the opposite. They act as diuretics, causing the body to lose water through increased urination.
So ... how much?
Well, the average adult loses about 10 cups of water daily through perspiration (even when sitting), urination and breathing. During hot, humid weather or exercise, the body loses even more fluids through sweating and increased breathing rates. Most people need 8-12 cups of water daily — from drinking water, other beverages and water in solid foods.
Ways to increase your water intake:
- Take water breaks during the day instead of coffee or soda breaks.
- “Water down” your meals and snacks by complimenting your food with a glass of water or milk.
- When you walk by a water fountain, take a drink.
- Alternate water with alcoholic beverages at parties, or when you’re out in Aggieville.
- Before, during, and after physical exercise, drink water. Consume about a half cup of water every 15 minutes while you work out.
We know lots of you find water to be boring, so we offer infused waters at the dining centers. Fruits and herbs add lots of fresh flavor: