Are You Getting Enough Water?
Are you getting enough water?
Seventy-five percent of the human body is made of water, so it is crucial for your body to stay well hydrated throughout the day. Drinking proper fluids such as water are vital for a majority of our bodily functions—it helps with protecting our joints, maintaining organ function, transporting oxygen to cells, and sustaining body temperature.
Water Consumption Breakdown:
-It’s important to try to consume 8-16 ounces upon waking up to jump start your metabolism.
-Try to get 16 ounces of water in before a workout and 4-6 ounces every 15 minutes during a workout (depending on your intensity level). Another 16-24 ounces post workout will help replenish what you sweat out.
-The goal is to try to get 3 liters (approximately 101 ounces) of water per day.
-Keep in mind that one liter will come from the food we eat.
-The amount of water you need will depend on activity level, weather (humidity, summer heat, etc) and how much you sweat, so you could very well end up consuming more than the 3 liters!
Benefits of drinking water:
-Proper water consumption helps regulate circulation in the body.
-Helps in food digestion and therefore allows the body to get the proper nutrients from the foods you consume.
-Increases your metabolism, which can help in weight management.
-Helps your kidneys cleanse your body of its waste products.
Signs of dehydration:
-Dark colored urine, fatigue, sudden lightheadedness, increased heart rate, overheating, muscle cramps, constipation, loosening skin (elasticity of skin), lack of tears & other fluids, and feeling parched.