Some fun facts:
Approximately 60-70% of the adult body is made of water.
Approximately 70% of the Earths surface is covered by water.
Water has 0 calories.
The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.
A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day (though I don't recommend that much intake).
Although most of us get close to the recommended daily intake of "water" per day, it's mostly indirectly (sodas, juices, coffees, water from foods). Very little of us actually very much drinking of water. But that's a serious mistake. Why?
Consider that by and large the biggest % of excess calories in the Western diet comes from sodas/juices. The average soda has about 140 calories and lets face it, most people drink more than a can of soda a day or get the "big gulp" from convenience store. It only takes about 3500 calories to gain a pound of fat. That means if you just drink 2 sodas per week in a years time you've gained a little over 4 pounds. No good. Further, these high calorie drinks provide no nutrition for your body in the form of vitamins and minerals. And for the juice drinks that do provide some of these (think orange juice providing calcium, etc.) often the high calories and dosages of sugars and additives do more to hurt your health than add to it. You want vitamins and minerals? Eat fruits and veggies. Getting them from a store bought premade drink is not the best route.
Besides the obvious benefit of being calorie free water aids in digestion, increases metabolism and regulates appetite, flushes waste from our bodies, and carries nutrients around our bodies.
In short...water is awesome. Drink more of it and less of that other stuff you drink.
-Bro. Michael Branch