You may have heard it before…”Water is the essence of life,” which is true. But have you ever considered just how true this statement is? How much does water really affect you and how your body functions? Let’s check it out!
Water makes up about two thirds of your body weight. Your brain and heart are 73 percent water, you lungs are about 83 percent water, your skin is 64 percent water, your muscles and kidneys are 79 percent water, and even your bones are 31 percent water (water.usgs.gov). It is crucial for body function such as digestion, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. It also helps in flushing waste out of your body. IT’S JUST THAT IMPORTANT TO LIFE!
Bodybuilding.com has come up with 10 reasons why drinking water is so important…especially to those who are so active.
1) Water is the substance of life and we must constantly be adding fresh water to our body in order to keep it properly hydrated.
2) The body is comprised of approximately 80 percent of water.
3) Water is the best source for water. It’s difficult to get water from anything other than simply drinking it straight…so drink up!
4) Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. A mere 2 percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing.
5) Water transports and metabolizes. It transports all the good nutrients into our body and transports all the bad waste out.
6) The levels of oxygen in the bloodstream are greater when the body is well hydrated. Oxygen is important in burning more fat for energy. More oxygen also gives you more energy!
7) Water gets rid of waste like fat deposits. An increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits while a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase.
8) Water regulates your own body’s cooling system. “Most experts agree that water works better than carbohydrates or sugared beverages for moderate exercise.”
9) Drinking water can help you fight Chronic Cellular Dehydration. This is a condition where the body’s cells are never hydrated enough which leaves them weak and vulnerable to disease.
10) Drinking water can ward off dehydration…even in the winter. The dryness that occurs during the winter can dehydrate your body even quicker than when it’s hot.
Bodybuilding.com recommends drinking about half our body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, a 150-pound person should drink about 75 ounces of water.
Thirst is most definitely an indicator that you might be dehydrated but you should try not to get to the point where you are thirsty. Keep water with you and continue to drink it throughout the day.
Aside from thirst, Everydayhealth.com outlines six not-so-common signs of dehydration. Look out for:
1) Bad breath. Water helps make saliva. Saliva prevents bacteria in the mouth from forming. Without saliva, bacteria will grow rapidly causing bad breath.
2) Dry skin. As you get more and more dehydrated, you don’t have enough blood volume so you get dry skin.
3) Muscle cramps. Overheating can cause muscle cramps as well as changes in the electrolytes, sodium, and potassium in your body. Drink water to avoid over-heating…especially during exercise.
4) Fever and chills. If you are dehydrated, you might experience fever and chills which could be very serious to your health.
5) Food cravings, especially sweets. When you are dehydrated, your body might experience difficulty with glycogen production. This leads to food cravings.
6) Headaches. The brain, which is about 73 percent water, sits in fluid that keeps it from bumping against the skull. When the fluid gets depleted, the brain can push up against parts of the skull which causes headaches.
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