What is a healthy body water percentage?
In general, our bodies are composed of approximately 60% water. This is referred to as your body water percentage. Understanding your body water numbers is important because your body needs water to function. It plays a major role in all of the chemical reactions taking place in your body, helps to regulate the internal body temperature, strengthens muscles, and moisturizes skin.
Major fluctuations can indicate a potentially serious health issue such as dehydration from losing too much water or edema — retaining water–which can be caused by a number of factors such as kidney disease, certain medications, or congestive heart failure.
Your total body water percentage is an indicator of good health. In general, a healthy body water percentage should be a little over 50%. If you exercise regularly, you’re going to have a higher body water percentage because you’re going to have more muscle tissue. When it comes to muscle vs fat, muscle tissue is about 75% water as compared to body fat which is about 10% water.
A healthy body water percentage range varies depending upon your gender, age, and body structure.
Are you a man or a woman?
The highest body water percentage occurs at birth — about 78%. Within one year, that figure has dropped to about 65%. The ideal body water percentage for men ranges from 50% to 65% while the ideal body water percentage for women ranges from 45% to 60%. The differences are a reflection of the different tissue composition between the bodies of men and women. Adult women have more fat tissue than men.
As we age, we begin to lose muscle mass which can result in a lower body water percentage. Establishing a regular exercise routine which emphasizes strength training and eating more protein at each meal can help reduce muscle loss and body water as you get older.
Your body water percentage is an important indicator of your total health. People who have a high BMI, with a higher percentage of body fat, and who are overweight or even obese, are going to have a much lower body water percentage.
Drinking more water, changing your lifestyle to include eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and establishing a regular exercise program that helps to build lean muscle are all good ways to increase your body water percentage.
Measure your body water percentage at home
Ivy Health Labs has created the body analysis scale which allows you to measure your body water percentage as well as seven other pieces of data about your body. Using the body analysis scale enables you to observe day-to-day fluctuations in your weight as well as any trends that may develop over time which may prove valuable in achieving your goal of improving your body weight percentage.
The Ivy Health body analysis scale makes it possible for you to collect important data about the condition of your body which you can share with your healthcare provider as a way to monitor your health and prevent problems before they occur.