You hear it all the time these days, “drink water“, but do you really understand why it is so important? Often times my new clients ask how much water they should be drinking and when I give them the answer they are surprised. Before we talk about how much you should be drinking, lets take a look at why water is so necessary.
Water has several functions within the human body. It carries vital nutrients to the cells, carries waste products away from the cells, and helps to maintain body temperature. Whether we are active or completely sedentary, we are always losing water. Examples of this are when we breathe (our breath is moist), through the skin (even if there is no visible sweat), urine, sweat, and feces. It is critically important to maintain our bodies water stores and stay sufficiently hydrated. Did you know that 60% of your total bodyweight is composed of water.
Drinking water has many health benefits such as:
Less muscle cramps
Reduction in headaches
Better cooling of core temperature
More productivity at work
Often time’s people rely on thirst as a sign to start drinking fluids, but that is a dangerous way of gauging when to hydrate. Thirst is a delayed sensation that does not occur until the person has already lost 1-2 litres of fluid. Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated: have a cup of water when you first wake up, keep water close to you at all times, drink water throughout the day at timed intervals, and drink as much as needed to equal sweat loss. You can calculate that amount by weighing yourself before and after exercise to see the difference in weight. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, approximately 20 ounces of fluid should be consumed for each pound of bodyweight lost during exercise.
Now that you know why water is so crucial to the body, please treat yourself right and drink up.