Importance of Water
We all know water is important, but we sometimes forget. Here are tips to help you stay hydrated.
As the weather continually changes, I feel it’s important to mention the effects of proper hydration. Fifty five to Seventy five percent of your total body weight consists of water. Being that the body is mostly comprised of water, to not replenish and stay hydrated can have adverse effects. Our blood is 90% water, when dehydration occurs it happens to the entire body, including the blood. Why is this a problem? Your blood is what carries nutrients to the body and aids in the transportation of metabolic waste. If you have less water in your system then your blood is thicker, making it less effective in doing it’s job. Also your ability to regulate that core temperature at 98.6 Fahrenheit is diminished especially on a hot day. If you don’t have the water to sweat out , and you can’t regulate temperature properly this is a symptom of heat stroke; which is very dangerous and could lead to death.
Another interesting thing about water consumption or the lack thereof, could result in weight gain. How is that possible? With regards to energy storage, water & glycogen are stored together, without an adequate amount of water you have an excess amount of glucose in the body, the liver then processes it and stores it as fat.
Rules of thumb about water:
- A minimum of 8-10 8 ounce glasses of water should be consumed per day.
- If you live in a very hot climate, performing strenuous work, or exercise, you will need to drink more.
- If your lips are dry or you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated.
No matter what time of the year it is, you should always stay hydrated for good health & well-being.
What do you do to stay hydrated? Do you have any tricks you use to remember to drink? Leave a comment bellow.
Yosef Kaplan ISSA CFT