Yesterday I wrote a blog about running in the heat, so I thought I’d follow up by blogging about the importance of water and what it does for our bodies.We all know that water is the most important nutrient for your body; it makes up 3/4 of your total body weight and if we don’t get enough of it, we can get ourselves into trouble. So…
(From Mangosteen Natural Remedies)
What does water do?
Water helps maintain body temperature, carry nutrients, flushes toxins from vital organs, metabolize fats, aids in digestion and lubricates and cushions organs.
How much water should you drink a day?
The amount of water you need a day depends on a few things: where you live, your health and how active you are. However, the Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake of liquids for a healthy male is 3 litres (13 cups) of fluids per day. For a healthy woman, around 2.2 litres (9 cups).
What happens if you don’t drink enough water (or other fluids)?
If you don’t consume enough water, your body will pull fluids from other sources (including your own blood). It can cause closing of smaller vessels, thickening of blood, increase susceptibility to clotting and become harder to pump. This can all lead to hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease – YIKES! Also, being dehydrated promotes the increase of body fat stores; it affects your ability to burn fat and can slow down your metabolism.
If you weren’t already aware, water can actually help you lose weight.
First, it has zero calories. Secondly, it’s a natural appetite suppressant. In some studies on mature adults, the results showed that they consumed less calories per day when they increased water intake.
Did you know that drinking water can prevent cramps, spasms and sprains?
That’s right. As noted before, water lubricates joints and muscles, lessoning your chances of cramps, spasms and sprains.
Having a difficult time in the bathroom?
Water helps with digestion and constipation. YAHOO!
Prone to headaches?
Drink more water. Most doctors will agree that if you’re experiencing headaches, before you reach for the Tylenol, reach for a glass of water. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, you may want to cut your consumption down.
Signs of Dehydration:
- Dark Urine
- Dry skin
Did you also know that if you drink too much of it, you can also have problems?
According to the Mayo Clinic, when your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, who drink large amounts of water, are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat an average American diet.
- Adds flavour
- Adds silica, important nutrient for connective tissues
- Adds Vitamin C
- Adds Potassium
I have been drinking water with lemon and cucumber. I definitely find it a lot easier to consume more water – give it a try!