You are able to live for days, weeks as well as months without food, but only two to three days without water. Lots of people underestimate the importance of
water to the body. I am here to tell you that water is our single most critical nutrient for optimal health and wellness.
It is not only the most crucial nutrient
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most abundant. The human mental abilities are made up of 95 %
water, blood is 82 % water, and
our lungs are nearly 90 % water. And water is critical towards the balance of all of the body's systems and plays a considerable role within the following
functions within our bodies:
* In saliva and stomach secretions, it helps digest food.
* In blood, it helps transport nutrients and oxygen to any or all the cells of the body.
* In fluids, it helps lubricate joints and cushions organs and tissues.
* In urine, it carries waste products out of the body.
* In sweat, it removes body heat generated during exercise.
So staying hydrated is of utmost importance, but believe it or
not, the majority of us are dehydrated. Estimates are that 75
percent of Americans have mild,
chronic dehydration. This really is alarming. Around the average, water makes up 60-70 percent of your body weight.
The range is due to the truth that different cells contain
superiority of water. Muscle cells, for example, are 70-75
percent water, whereas fat cells are
only 10-15 percent water. Therefore, a muscular person will have a larger number of his/her body weight coming from water.
Dehydration is generally expressed as the loss of a certain
percentage of one's weight. Scientists define dehydration as
fluid losses more than 1 percent of
bodyweight. Water is lost first in the blood. If water deprivation continues, cells will start to lose their water content. Dehydration can become fatal when
9-12 percent of body weight sheds via water. And just for informational purposes, a couple percent drop in body water can cause a small but critical
shrinkage of the brain, which could impair neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration and slow thinking. Dehydration can also reduce endurance,
decrease strength, cause cramping and slow muscular response. So that you can understand why it is critical to avoid dehydration.
How do you stay hydrated? Well, first let's consider why it is so
hard to stay hydrated to begin with. For one, our body is
constantly losing water. The most
obvious strategy is through daily urine output. And when you exercise, you sweat. Studies of athletes have shown sweat losses of 2 quarts per hour while
exercising! The majority of us will lose less than that on our daily walk/run, but sweating is still a sizable supply of water loss. Even when not exercising
we're losing water through the skin we have -- this is known as "insensible losses." Other insensible losses are through respiration and feces. Another
reason we have a hard time staying hydrated is that our thirst mechanism has a sort of lag time. Once we are thirsty, the body have already reached the point
of moderate dehydration, and it gets to be more difficult to replenish the fluids to the point of hydration. Therefore, you need to keep up with your fluid
Just how much water for anyone who is drinking? Water is still
the best source to hydrate the body. The reply is that it depends
on who you are. A guide that
you may have heard is no less than 64 ounces each day. This amount would probably be all you need for somebody who lived inside a temperate climate and was
Whenever you add in exercise and warm weather, your fluid needs
increase significantly. Here in the Hudson Valley, despite the
fact that we're getting into
cooler weather, we still need to hydrate once the heat occurs in our homes. Water needs are also associated with how many calories you burn daily.
You need about 1 milliliter of water for each calorie you burn.
So, if you're very active and burn 3,000-4,000 calories each day,
you'd need 3-4 liters water
(13-17 cups). Another rule of thumb: If you exercise, weigh yourself pre and post your exercise routine. For each pound lost, drink a minimum of 2 cups or 16
ounces of water. It's also a good idea to get 1-2 cups of fluid 15-30 minutes before you decide to work out.
Most people are a bit shocked once they understand how much fluid
they need. Luckily, you receive some fluids from foods you
consume (especially fruits and
veggies), and from non-caffeinated beverages (juice, sports drinks, milk, vegetable juice, herbal teas). Remember caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics and
contribute to dehydration. So, all your fluid intake doesn't necessarily need to come from water -- although that is the easiest and (usually) the lowest
priced way. My basic suggestion to all my clients would be to drink at least half the body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, give you a minimum
of 75 ounces water each day.
A lot of people have questions about what
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drinking. In most cases, plain tap water is protected within the
U.S. If you're worried
about your plain tap water, you can contact water company and obtain a report on the contamination level and how water is treated. Bottled water is usually
safer than plain tap water, but are you aware that A quarter of water in bottles develops from a municipal source? Take a look at label information to ensure
your water comes from a well or perhaps a spring versus a community or municipal source. There are several various kinds of bottled water: standard water,
spring water, purified water, sparkling water and sterilized water.