by Amanda Lanum 

You've heard it before: The human body is made up of between 55 and 75 percent water (lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat), and needs constant water replenishment (

I have friends who absolutely fight the idea that they need to be drinking more water. Did you also know sometimes when you think you're hungry, it's really just your body saying it's thirsty? Coffee, soda and juice cannot give your body the same benefits water can, not to mention they can contain the amount of calories in a snack. Wouldn't you rather eat those calories than drink them?

According to, in a day your lungs expel between two and four cups of water - more on a cold day. Sweating from daily activity, trips to the bathroom, and sweating from exercise all expel even more water. ( reports drinking water includes these benefits: lose weight; relieve headache and back pains; healthier skin; better productivity at work; better exercise; helps in digestion and constipation; less cramps and sprains; less likely to get sick; relieves fatigue; good mood; and reduce the risk of cancer. (

This week's Bootcamp Challenge is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water (or as close to that as you can get) each day. Try it for the week and see what changes you notice in your body and mood.

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