As we all know staying hydrated is incredibly important, whether you are a leisurely individual or an intense exercise guru. Water is the main source of life and it is vital for overall bodily function. I could go on for hours listing the benefits water provides for your body, but in order to keep your attention I will just list the major ones:
- Did you know that up to 70% of your body is composed of water? Consuming the correct amount of water helps eliminate waste, stimulates digestion, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, and helps shuttle nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and glucose to cells in
the body. This is especially exciting for those who are health-conscious, as water makes it easier on your body to deliver vital nutrients from foods such as fruits and vegetables. With viable nutrients at the ready, your body immediately reaps the benefits! As feelings of fatigue and sluggishness disappear your skin becomes brighter and more vibrant, and your mind more focused and clear.
- If that wasn’t enough, water is beneficial for those looking to trim down their waistline. Most people confuse thirst with hunger and reach for extra snacks that the body doesn’t necessarily need. Hence why those who do not regularly consume a respectable amount of H2O typically carry a few extra pounds around their middle!
- How much should I consume? Great question! According to the Institute of Medicine, the recommended amount is 3 liters a day for men and 2.2 liters for women. However for those who hit the gym often, consuming extra water is required to replenish lost fluid during serious sweaty sessions. For those who like to take activities outdoors, heat and humidity can make staying hydrated even more of a challenge. Especially during these summer months, a body
can lose more than 1 liter of fluid per hour when exercising in temperatures nearing 80 degrees. Exercising dehydrated is not fun for anyone, as your body uses water to keep cool through the release of sweat. When you notice you are sweating less than usual, it may be because your body cannot release heat and your core body temperature has risen. This can lead to an increased breakdown of glycogen in the muscles as the body is searching for fuel, consequently promoting the onset of muscle fatigue.
- How do I know when I am dehydrated? When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. You should never wait until you experience symptoms of dehydration to search for a quencher. Consuming a consistent amount of water throughout the day is the best way to ensure you are getting in those 2 to 3 liters a day. If your water bottle has been forgotten, be aware of the harsher symptoms of dehydration that can occur. Some of which include, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth and confusion.
What we can all take away from this is don’t get caught empty-bottled! Avoid suffering cognitive ability and more importantly, do not let your workouts go in vain. Provide your body with the necessary volume of this glorious, life sustaining, delicious, thirst quencher and have the focus and drive to live a long, healthy and prosperous life!
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