This week brings us both National Public Health Week and World Health Day. In honor of this week focused on health, let’s talk about water: an essential nutrient which too many of us often do not get enough of. drink more water

Yes, surprising to some, water is considered a nutrient, and is required for normal bodily functioning and good health. In fact, 60-75% of the human body is made up of water! Water serves several important roles in the body from digestion, sweat and tear production to temperature regulation–water is needed by every cell, tissue, and organ in your body! Recently, research has indicated that drinking more water can assist in weight management and decreasing caloric, sugar, sodium and saturated fat intakes.

Yes, the general rule of thumb is 8-10 glasses of water a day. However, many factors can affect hydration, and it is possible to over-consume water in certain circumstances. To learn more about how to stay hydrated and tips for incorporating more water into your diet, check out my article on Water: The Underestimated, Overlooked Nutrient in Health & Wellness Magazine.

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