Water: an Overlooked Essential Nutrient.

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"Water: An Overlooked Essential Nutrient." First I will take a closer look at water. Water is very important to our health. It makes up, on average, 60 percent of our body weight. Every part in our body depends on water. If we don’t fuel our body with enough water it can lead to dehydration, which is a condition that occurs when we don't have enough water in our body to carry on normal functions. The daily recommendations for water can be easily determined with this equation 0.5 ounces x Body Weight in Pounds = Daily Fluid Requirement in ounces. Our water contains essential nutrients, such as minerals selenium, sodium, chlorine, fluoride, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron. Those are nutrients that the human body cannot produce, but they are essential for our health. The easiest source for water is from the tab, tab water is usually safe to drink and very inexpensive. “The average price of water in the United States is about $1.50 for 1,000 gallons. At that price, a gallon of water costs less than one penny.” (www.drinktap.org/kidsdnn/Portals/5/story_of_water/html/costs.htm) There are many advantages of consuming water, some examples are as follows. “Water consumption is required to keep all your cells, tissues and organs functioning properly. Many headaches are caused by dehydration. Water can provide you with energy and ward of fatigue. Drinking water regularly can help you lose weight. Drinking water can promote healthy teeth. Water consumption can help your skin look healthy and young.” (www.livestrong.com/article/262607-the-advantages-of-water-consumption/) As long as the water meets drinking water standards it is safe to drink and we cannot harm our body. “Consuming too much water can lower the sodium levels in your blood. Low sodium affects your electrolytes, which are responsible for sending signals to cells that control body functions. When you

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