Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 %
of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive.
Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly.
For example, water:
Gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration
and bowel movements
Keeps your temperature normal
Lubricates and Cushions joints
Protects sensitive tissues
Lack of water can lead to dehydration - A condition that occurs when you
don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions.
Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate
An adequate daily fluid intake is:
3.7 liters of fluids for men
2.7 liters of fluids for women
These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food.
About 20% of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest