Water: An Overlooked Essential Nutrient

Water: An Overlooked Essential Nutrient

I am a professional nutritionist who is here in this firm to educate the employees on the importance of hydration. In the recent weeks, it has been noted that the firm employees have overlooked the importance of hydration, which is an essential nutrient in a human body. For my educational importance of water as a component of hydration to be effective I will first explain to the employees of the firm importance of hydration and compare the elements of hydration that is water, powerade, and Gatorade.

Importance of Hydration

Water plays crucial roles in a human body. It is usually a major component of body cells though it is not a component of fat cells. It also used in cushioning and lubricating the joints and brains. It is used in transportation of nutrients (Health Canada, 2004). It is also used in transportation of waste which is found in body cells. Water is also useful in regulation of body temperatures as it play a crucial role in redistribution of heat from various active tissues, especially from to the skin; this helps in cooling the body through a process known as perspiration (American College of Sports Medicine et al, 2009). The human body is mainly constituted of water and majority of the water that is found in human body is usually in the body cells. The other water in human body is found in extracellular space. Extracellular usually constitutes of spaces that are found between blood plasma and cells. The entire body hydration as well as the balance between output and input of water is usually under the control of homeostatic mechanism which is used to modify pathways of excretion and it goes a step further to stimulate thirst. Therefore, for body to function properly and survive it needs water (American College of Sports Medicine Stand, 2007). Therefore, the employees of the firm should take the tendency of drinking water seriously.

Comparison of Water, Powerade, and Gatorade

Powerade and Gatorade are drinks that are important in hydration of human body. In comparison to water the two drinks tends to have a lot of sugar in them, making their continuous consumption unhealthy. One should not take high components of the two nutrients as it they may turn out to be harmful to one body.

  • Daily Recommendation

One should take at least eight glasses of water. On the other hand, one should not take more than 300mls of Powerage and Gatorade.

  • Nutrients Contents

Gatorade and Powerade have the highest nutrient contents in comparison to water. They constitute of different nutrients such as fats, glycogen, proteins, and carbohydrates.

  • Varieties

Different varieties of Gatorade and Powerade are available in the market. When it comes to water, there are different types of water, which are categorized depending on the taste.

  • Costs

Gatorade and Powerade are very expensive to buy in comparison to water, which is usually very cheap to buy. Water, which is a natural commodity, is readily available in comparison with the other two nutrients.

(V) Safety Levels

Too much consumption of Gatorade and Powerade may be harmful to one and one should not take more than a liter of the drinks in a day. One can consume any amount of water in a day.

  • Advantages of Consumptions

Consumption of Powerade and Gatorade is important to the body as it contains a variety of nutrients that the body needs for survival and function properly. Water is important in body hydration.

  • Disadvantages of Consumption

Too much consumption of the two components may be harmful to the body as they contain too much sugar in comparison to water.


Employees of the company should embrace the culture of drinking high amount of water on daily basis in comparison to the other two drinks, as water is very useful in hydration.



American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand (2007).Exercise and fluid replacement. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 39:377-390.6: 19-27.

American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada (2009). Nutrition and athletic performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 41:709-731.

Health Canada, (2004). Nutrient intakes from food. Canadian Community Health Survey



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