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Preventative Health

The more you drink water throughout the day, the better you feel and, usually, the healthier your weight.

Why your body needs water Open

Water is beneficial and vital to all life — especially yours. To feel healthy and fit you have to stay hydrated every day. It acts as a catalyst for renewal, like when you water your plants and watch them grow taller and greener. Water lifts you up, it opens your senses and makes you feel refreshed and ready to take on any activity…even sleeping.

There’s a lot of advice about the proper amount of water an adult should drink every day — usually 8 to 12 8-ounce glasses¹ — but only you know the amount that keeps you running at your best. Listen to yourself.

Brita® water filtration systems help remind you of the important role water plays in your body. Every time you drink a glass of great-tasting Brita® water, remember you’re hydrating yourself with filtered water that your body truly appreciates.

Water and wellness Open

About 60% of your body is water and the only element more important to properly functioning systems is oxygen. Every part of your body from your skin to your brain relies on ample hydration to function. You might be surprised at how integral it is to different parts of the body¹:

Water sends nutrients to your BRAIN. 85% of the brain is the water that helps feed and cushion it.

It regulates body TEMPERATURE. Water creates perspiration, which dissipates excess heat to cool our bodies. You may need water when you are overheated and not perspiring.

It aids in DIGESTION. Digestion of solid foods can happen with the help of large amounts of water.

It keeps SKIN clear and healthy. Water keeps your skin looking smooth, healthy and young. It’s also the main conduit for releasing water from the body through perspiration.

It cushions and lubricates BONES and JOINTS. Water acts as a lubricant between bones. It also lubricates cartilage and helps the joints glide freely. Water helps minimize joint damage caused by friction.

It maintains MUSCLE tone. Muscles are composed primarily of water. Water not only keeps you strong, it removes wastes from and transports nutrients to the muscle cells and decreases recovery time.

It metabolizes FAT. Proper water intake helps your kidneys and liver function at their peak and thereby reduces the amount of fat deposits in the body. The kidney needs water to remove toxins, waste and salt from the blood. When you don’t have enough water, the liver takes over some of the work of the kidneys and therefore isn’t able to metabolize excess fat.

It lubricates ORGANS. All our organs need water to function at their best. Water also keeps the blood from thickening and in return helps the heart function at its peak.

It aids transport of NUTRIENTS throughout the entire body.

It removes TOXINS and WASTE.

Fighting colds and flus Open

Staying healthy through cold and flu season is no small feat. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid a virus, but there are several things you can do to boost your immune system. Staying properly hydrated is key to preventing fluid loss and will help keep you feeling energized. If you do get sick, try to drink continuously throughout the day.¹

Drinking water is key to staying properly hydrated.¹ Adults should try drinking at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day.²

Dehydration symptoms Open

Your body excretes water constantly through sweat, urine and exhaled air, which is why it’s so important to replenish your body throughout your day. Your body will tell you when you need more. When you’re even mildly dehydrated you’ll feel thirsty and you may even have dry mouth or dry lips.

Other symptoms of dehydration are divided into moderate and severe categories.

Moderate dehydration symptoms

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Dry skin
  • Headache

Severe dehydration symptoms

  • All of the above symptoms
  • A rapid, weak pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Confusion
  • Lack of sweating

Dehydration can be the result of forgetting to drink enough water, vomiting, diarrhea, overexposure to the sun and fever. Diuretics and natural diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine can also cause dehydration. So, be sure to drink large amounts of water when you’re ill or enjoying the great outdoors.¹

Did you know that Brita® pitcher filters help put more money back in your wallet*? Get healthier(1), great-tasting water for just one penny per glass(2).

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