Probably the most overlooked aspect of health, hydration is not only key to vital body functions, but it’s also crucial for many other reasons since 80 percent of our bodies is composed of water. A report by CBS that up to 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
The body has many ways of signaling
to the brain “I need water”, but often times,
that is misinterpreted as “I want food”.
Some of these triggers include headache, feeling weak, dry mouth and difficulty concentrating. All of these symptoms can be avoided with simple planning and more awareness of how important water really is.
HOW IMPORTANT IS WATER?
Water is necessary for sustaining all life. Our water composition in our bodies is as follows:
brain- nearly 85%, roughly 80% of our blood and about 70% of lean muscle.
In fact, water is so crucial,
according to bodybuilding.com,
“a mere 2% drop in body water can trigger
fuzzy short-term memory”.
1. Better skin – Prevent & clear up existing acne and even prevent & decrease wrinkles. Your skin will also appear brighter and more youthful.
2. Better joints – Water helps protect your joints since synovial fluid contains water.
3. Healthier mind & body – Water is necessary for nutrient absorption & chemical reactions in the body for proper brain function.
4. Better digestion – Maintain a healthier urinary tract and digestive system. Water is needed to transport nutrients and rid the body of waste.
5. Increased energy – Beat that 2 o’clock fatigue with more water. A hydrated brain and body perform better.
6. Help with with weight loss – Water naturally suppresses appetite and also increases the body’s ability to break down fat.
7. Reduce fluid retention – If the body is in a state of dehydration, it will make every attempt to hold on to any water it can get. This will in turn cause bloat and even repeat fluid retention. Keeping a steady supply of water, eliminates this.
8. Build muscle – To be the more optimal especially with training, keep your muscles hydrated. Without it, your muscles will end up cramping.
9. Increase muscle tone – Without enough water, muscles cannot properly contract.
10. Reduce risk of disease – Certain studies have shown a decrease risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and potentially breast cancer. Proper hydration may even prevent urinary tract infections as well.
11. Circulation – Water makes up for most of the blood volume making it easier to transport nutrients.
12. Cooling system – Water helps regulate the body’s temperature by allowing the body to release heat when ambient temperature is higher than internal temperature. In addition, water is needed for the body to sweat.
HOW MUCH IS NECESSARY & TIPS
On average, roughly 8-12 glasses of water a day is necessary for optimal health depending on your activity level. Athletes and bodybuilders need to consume more ranging from 1.5 gallons to 3 gallons a day depending on climate, dieting and intensity.
A few tips to ensure that you are getting the correct amount include:
- Setting a timer
- Always having it with you/around you
- If you feel hungry, drink a glass instead since it would be thirst pains
- Order water instead of soft drinks at restaurants
Don’t really care for the taste? Fruit infused water is also a great way to add a subtle flavor, plus you can eat the fruit afterwards!