Our human bodies are made up of about 70% water, and this amount can be seriously affected by stress, caffeine, and alcohol. While we can live without food for a month, we can’t last a week without water. If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, you’re already dehydrated! By the time you feel thirsty you have already lost at least 1% of your total body’s water. The average person loses 10 cups of water a day through perspiration, breathing, and urination. A recent survey showed that most Americans drink only 5 cups of water per day. That math does not add up. We do get a small additional amount of water from some of the foods we eat, although the caffeine in tea, coffee, and sodas counteract the absorption of water. It’s no wonder that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated! A 2% drop in body water, or hydration, can cause problems such as memory deficits, inability to focus, and daytime fatigue. Other symptoms can be muscle and joint soreness, headaches, crankiness, and those are only a few.
Ironically, if you don’t drink enough water your body will store excess water between cells, resulting in excess water weight. Additionally, if you are dehydrated, your body stores fat! Ugh! Your liver becomes overworked in its functions, and since an important function of the liver is to burn fat, it is prevented from doing its job as efficiently as it normally would—so the fat is deposited, often around the belly. NASM recommends at least 96 ounces (3 quarts) of water per day depending on activity level, humidity, air temp etc. Given that, we may need to consume even more. So if we exercise we definitely need to consume more!
Some ways that we can take in more water is to increase our intake of lettuce, broccoli, and citrus fruits, and dilute our juices with water. Also, our bodies lose water while we sleep we can keep water by our bedside. When you exercise remember to keep drinking water! Replacing the fluid we lose while exercising keeps our energy level stable, and since water plays such an important role in the transport of nutrients and chemical reactions in the body, staying hydrated boosts our metabolism! So that’s my 2 cents for today… Choose good health and choose to live longer and happier 🙂