More Water Less Juice

Friday, November 08, 2013

Water is an important resource to drink. Its refreshing and it replenishes your body. Dr. Edward Hill discusses more about the importance of water in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Our bodies are made of water so it is important to drink water regularly. Offer water with snacks and have it readily available. Keep in mind, we need more water when exercising vigorously and in warm temperatures.

Water makes up more than two-thirds of the bodys weight. Every cell and organ in the body needs water to function. A lack of water can make the body tired. A lack of water can also cause headaches.

Limit daily juice intake to 4 to 6 ounces or less of 100 percent fruit juice. While 100 percent fruit juice can count as a serving of fruit, drinking multiple servings every day is not encouraged. Fruit juice lacks the fiber and other nutrients found in whole fruit.

Sweetened beverages increase your bodys need for water and can crowd out the fluids your body really needs. Although water can be found in all of these drinks, your family should still drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to keep hydrated.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.