Water is essential to life as we know it. To be more specific our bodies contain nearly 60 percent of water. If we were to break that down a bit we would see that lean muscle tissue contains about 75 percent water by weight. Blood contains almost 70 percent water, body fat contains 10 percent water and bone has 22 percent water. Skin also contains water. The human body is about 60 percent water in adult males and 55 percent in adult females.
As an ex smoker I know I was not living a healthy lifestyle and I did not come close to drinking the recommended 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Many health nuts recommend that you drink a gallon or more depending on your activity level but how can water help you quit smoking?
For starters, when you drink plenty of water it will help you to feel full, that way you won’t tend to over eat when you get hungry. Many people worry about the weight gain after quitting smoking and this is one way to minimize that. Also keep in mind that the average weight gain among people who quit smoking is only 5 pounds.
Water also helps to rid the body of toxins and nicotine by detoxifying the body. Drinking water can also help with the cravings by giving your hands and mouth something to do.
No matter if you are quitting smoking or not it is a good idea to consume plenty of water each day. Water regulates body temperature, helps organs absorb nutrients better, moisturizes the air in the lungs, and transports nutrients and oxygen in the cells. Make quitting smoking about turning over a new leaf where you are changing your life as a whole. More than quitting smoking you are learning to live a healthier life and one of the best things that you can do for your body is to feed it what it needs, WATER.