The importance of water
It contains neither proteins, nor carbohydrates nor lipids, so it is not a food. And yet, it is an indispensable nutrient for all our vital processes. It makes up 60 to 70% of our body weight, and we lose more than 2 liters (or 2 kilos) per day, only in order to ensure our basic metabolism.
The food that we eat, especially fruits and vegetables, takes care of 1/5 of all our needs. The remaining 4/5 must therefore be directly drunk in the form of liquid. As a general rule, we are advised to drink at least 8 glasses of liquid a day. So let’s get into the habit of drinking water throughout the day, and let’s not forget to make up for water lost during any physical activity. Cheers!
Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on March 29, 2008.