According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, unhealthy eating and inactivity are the leading cause in over 580,000 deaths every year. These results are similar to the number of deaths due to tobacco and is 13 times more deaths then caused by guns. Improper diet and lack of physical activity are major contributors to a reduced quality of life and disabilities.
Approximately 61% of adult Americans are considered overweight and obese. Children obesity rates are on the rise every year. Prompting great concern over the future lives in our nations children.
The typical American diet is extremely high in saturated fat, sodium and sugar. The diet is lacking in consuming fresh fruits and vegetables. Diet and inactivity contribute to four of the six leading causes of death:
- Heart Disease
Water Is Vital to our health and well being. The body is made up of 50 to 75 percent water. Water forms the basis of blood digestive juices, urine and perspiration, and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones. Water is necessary for our bodies to function correctly:
- Maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body
- Keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels
- Help eliminate the byproducts of the body’s metabolism, excess electrolytes (for example, sodium and potassium), and urea which is a waste product formed through the processing of dietary protein
- Regulate body temperature through sweating
- Moisten mucous membranes such as those of the lungs and mouth
- Lubricate and cushion joints
- Reduce the risk of cystitis by keeping the bladder clear of bacteria
- Aid digestion and prevent constipation
- Moisturize the skin to maintain its texture and appearance
- Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Serve as a shock absorber inside the eyes, spinal cord and in the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus in pregnancy.