We all have heard it before, and we all know we should be doing it: DRINK MORE WATER! But do we know why? Well, right out of the gate, water makes up 60 percent of your total body weight, and a startling 90 percent of brain weight. Proper hydration is critical for your body to function at all, let alone optimally. However, if that is not enough to convince you, here are five reasons water is important to your health:
- Water boots energy. Water delivers important nutrients to all of our cells, especially muscle cells, postponing muscle fatigue.
- Water helps weight loss. Water helps you feel full longer, without adding any additional calories. Drinking water or eating foods with a high water content can be a tremendous help in managing your weight.
- Water aids in digestion. Water aids in constipation and other abdominal issues, especially those suffering from IBS. Water helps to move the digestive process along and through the system much more efficiently than in a semi dehydrated state.
- Water detoxifies. Water moves toxins through your system faster, and optimizes kidney function. Inadequate hydration means inadequate kidney function.
- Water hydrates skin. Forget expensive creams and cure-alls, water is the best defense against aging and wrinkles in the skin.
It is said that the recommended amount is 8 to 10 glasses of water per day, though this varies from person to person. Those who exercise regularly, work outside, or have chronic medical conditions should consume more water to compensate for more water loss. Add this to the mix! We sleep on average 8 hours a night. During those 8 hours your body is not taking in any liquids. When you awake you are in a partially dehydrated state. THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO IS DRINK A DIURETIC AS SOON AS YOU GET UP…..AND YES….COFFEE IS A DIURETIC. I can promise you if you make it a habit to drink a glass of water before you have a cup of coffee in the morning, you will start to feel better and more energized out of the gate. Your organs are in a slight state of dehydration and in need of water. Give it some water! This simple thing is an excellent step towards overall health and fitness. Sadly, most people don’t do it. Once again, a little discipline will go a long way here.
Joseph Teti | Founder of T1 Performance Nutrition