Water

Approximately 60% of total body weight is water. Thus, adequate amounts of water must be consumed daily to ensure the normal functioning of the body and to replenish lost fluids. Water is needed to help digest and absorb nutrients, excrete wastes, maintain blood circulation, and maintain body temperature.

Worksheet 2-4. Calculate Your Daily Water

Requirement

Your Body Weight = _lbs.

0.5 x_(body weight) ^ 8 oz. per cup = _cups per day.

Note: Exercise, heat, cold, and altitude can increase fluid requirements. See Chapters 11 and 12.

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