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Importance of water

 

Our bodies are 60% water. It is an essential component of all human tissue. Water helps the cardiovascular system and circulation to deliver nutrients and oxygen to our cells and muscles, and regulates our temperature. It also carries natural waste away from our cells and takes them to the kidneys to be eliminated.

The Importance of Hydration

Water accounts for about 60% of an adult’s body weight and 75% of an infant’s [1] . It performs crucial roles in our body such as carrying nutrients to cells, helping to remove waste products from our major organs and helping to regulate our body’s temperature [2] . It is constantly being lost from our body, not only through urine and faeces, but also through our skin and breath. Our brain is 73% water [3] , so poor hydration can also affect how it functions [4] . Studies show that dehydration reflected in a 1-2% reduction in body weight can reduce our ability to concentrate, our cognitive and physical performance, and increase feelings of aggression or irritation [5] [6] . We don’t have a real water storage in our body, so it must be replaced regularly by water from our diet.

1. Jequier E & Constant F (2010) Eur J Clin: Water as an essential nutrient

2. Jequier E & Constant F (2010) Eur J Clin: Water as an essential nutrient

3. Mitchell HH et al (1945) The chemical composition of the adult human body and its bearing on the biochemistry of growth

4. Lieberman HR (2007) Hydration and cognition: a critical review and recommendations for future research. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 25, 555S-561S

5. Lieberman HR (2007) Hydration and cognition: a critical review andrecommendations for future research. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 25, 555S-561S

6. EFSA Journal 2011: 9(4):2075 Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to water and maintenance of normal physical and cognitive functions (ID 1102, 1209, 1294, 1331) maintenance of normal thermoregulation (ID 1208) and “basic requirement of all living things” (ID 1207) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/20061

 
 
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