Water is the primary component of all the bodily fluids- blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, tears, and sweat. Water is involved in almost every bodily function: circulation, digestion, absorption, and elimination of wastes, to name a few. Water carries the electrolytes, mineral salts that help convey electrical currents in the body; the major minerals that make up these salts are calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
Water requirements vary greatly from person to person. The climate in which we live, our activity level, and our diet influence our need for water.
Hydration is critical for all our cells, kidneys, and liver need to function at peak capacity so you will efficiently metabolize fat and create the environment necessary to build lean tone muscle.
Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily as a baseline; add an additional 10-20% if you are active or very active. Tap and bottled water both likely contain chlorine, pharmaceutical residue, parasites and other chemicals and carcinogens. If you consume caffeine, take medications, or are 40 lbs. or more over-weight your body may require more water. The average body uses 2 ½ liters daily for a normal activity level.
Without enough water, we basically dry ourselves out (dehydration). In the medical research it is linked to a long list of chronic health problems, including adult-onset diabetes, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cataracts, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, depression, heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney stones, lupus, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy. Even 3 to 4 cups a day is not enough to lower risk for these problems. We need to increase our water intake!
For more information, please see me at Norwell Athletic Club (NAC).