Nutrition Intuition: Water for Life

Photo By Kelsey Kondraski.

A lot of people know that working out, you drink water. And when you’re hung over, it’s a good hangover cure.

But many people don’t know the hidden benefits that water has and all the magical things that it can do for a body. Water exists in every cell, organ and tissue. In fact, up to 60 percent of the human body is made up of water. The brain and heart are composed of 73 percent. The lungs are about 83 percent water. The skin contains 64 percent, muscles and kidneys have 79 percent. Even the bones, which are probably the hardest thing in our body, are made up of 31 percent water.

“Basically its main function is to kind of carry around other nutrients and minerals kind of throughout the body and throughout the bloodstream,” said Temple University Health Services nutritionist Lori Clements. “So to kind of help you to help get them well absorbed. It also kind of protects the inside of our body so it kind of acts as like a cushion, to protect our muscles, our bones and our joints. It also helps to make sure that our muscles and our bones are well hydrated to kind of maintain and help their structure.”

Listen to more from Clements in the audio story below.

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