©2018 Mahoning Valley Water Inc.  Water Our MOST Important Nutrient      According to Bob Greene, fitness expert and coauthor of the national bestseller MAKE THE CONNECTION, water is our most important and possibly our most underrated nutrient.    “Water is involved in virtually every body function, so when we’re dehydrated, it really affects our body’s ability to run optimally.  And most of us are dehydrated most of the time,” he says.     According to a recent survey by the Water Quality Association, only one in five Americans drink eight or more glasses of water a day.      Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day ensures that your digestion and metabolism are working at their full capacity, and it helps you burn fat more efficiently.  You can exercise more effectively and at higher levels when you get enough water.  Water boosts your endurance because it promotes the storage of glycogen, a form of carbohydrate stored in the muscles and is used as energy when exercising.      Water can help stave off hunger by helping to curb your appetite.  Research has indicated that water can play an important role in reducing the risk of some diseases including kidney stones, urinary tract cancer and possibly even colon cancer.  Drinking enough water also helps avoid constipation. There are antibodies in the mucus that coats the throat that help trap cold viruses.  Lack of water can dry out the mucus- producing tissues that fight the common cold.  Water is also an effective way to relieve a cough.  Drinking plenty of water helps your skin stay supple and firm which lessens the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.      Most nutritionists and fitness experts recommend drinking 8—10 glasses of water a day and more if you’re very active or live in a warmer climate.  One suggestion is to divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces in water.  For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you would need to drink at least 80 ounces of water a day.      Remember to pace yourself.  Too much water at one time will only send you running to the bathroom.  Coffee, juices, iced tea and even carbonated water does not count toward your daily total.  Make your water look and taste good by using an attractive glass and adding a slice of lemon or lime.  Using a water filter will also help remove unpleasant tastes from the water. MAHONING VALLEY WATER