Ahoy Maties!  Captain Jack Sparrow is back!  Opening on Friday, May 20, 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opens.  This time Captain Jack finds himself, along with the pirate Blackbeard, aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge in search of the Fountain of Youth.  Too bad Juan Ponce De Leon isn’t still around to help in the search.  He started looking for the fountain back in 1513.   He never found it. Probably because scientists claim it does not exist.  Let’s pretend for a moment it does.  You have been looking at health plans.  The health insurance premiums all seem so expensive.  But, wait a minute; here is one that covers The Fountain of Youth!  Alrighty then, you decide, I will apply for that one.

Even without a real fountain of youth the importance of water in maintaining good health is endless. Water can be a fountain of youth just by drinking enough of it.  Water makes up 61.8 percent of our body weight.  It is in every cell, tissue and organ.  That is why getting enough water every day is so important for your health.

Most folks meet their fluid needs every day by drinking when thirsty.  But, if you’re outside in hot weather or doing vigorous physical activity, you will need to make an effort to drink more fluids.  According to the CDC “water helps your body with the following:

•Keeps its temperature normal

•Lubricates and cushions your joints

•Protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues

•Gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements

How much water do we need?  Simple question without an easy answer.  As noted above we lose water every day.  For everything in your body to work properly that water needs to be replaced.  How much needs to be replaced depends on your activities and the climate you live and work in.  Doctors will generally recommend 8 to 9 cups of water per day for a healthy adult living in a temperate climate.  Remember, when you feel thirsty your body has started to dehydrate.  In fact, during a vigorous workout the body may have lost water before you even feel thirsty.

What else happens when you work out?  I found some interesting answers at SparkPeople. During one hour of vigorous exercise the average person sweats, are you ready, one quart!  Who knew.  SparkPeople claim that you should start drinking water an hour or two before you start working out and another cup immediately before you start exercising.  Keep drinking while you workout.  Keep replenishing your body with water to replace the quart you are losing and your muscles will thank you later.