Things to think about:
There are many benefits to drinking water. The human body does NOT naturally produce water on its own. However we do need water! Our bodies are programmed to use water down to a cellular level. Contrary to popular belief the adult human body is made up of 60% of water. Which isn't ironic that we live on a planet that is made out of an estimated 71% of water? Coincidence? Maybe.
Now typically when we talk about water consumption the first thing you think of is the substance itself; the liquid form of water. Then you would mostly likely talk about how you never drink enough of it or maybe you don't like the taste of water. Maybe its boring, maybe you have terrible quality of water (as I see many of my fellow Californians nodding your heads, yes.) We often forget that water is also in other things that we consume. Like coffee, teas, & food. There are many other factors to consider when talking about water consumption like Age, Gender, Activity Level, Medications, Weight, Climates (especially very hot, dry, or extreme cold), & Diet to name a few.
How much Water do I really need?
The most common question I get about water is "how much am I supposed to drink?" You'll here different answers on this too. Some will tell you to drink half your body weight in fl. oz. or like myself, will tell you to drink how many fluid ounces in a day. Yes, you will hear a lot people saying to drink at least a gallon of water a day. Which can be true for you, but as mentioned before it depends on your body and what your goals are. For most of you I would suggest the following amounts listed below.
It has been suggested to weigh yourselves before and after an activity to monitor your body's set point with hydration. It is suggested to drink 16-24 fl. oz. of water for every pound lost during your activity. Or another way to calculate water intake would be to drink 6-12 fl. oz. every 15-20 minutes of activity. (Which personally, I think that would be easier to keep track.) Keep in mind! If you are participating in an activity for longer than 60 minutes that it suggested by health care professionals to drink a sports drink with no less than 8% carbohydrates. This helps replace the energy stores in your muscles that have been completely drained.
For those of you who are considered overweight; NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) recommends that you drink an additional 8 ounces of water for every 25 pounds you over your ideal weight.
What happens when I drink water?
Well, there is a reason why health professionals are always on everyone's case about drinking enough water. Every system in the human body depends on water. We can go weeks without food (very painfully, but doable). We can only go a few days without water.
Our bodies were intelligently designed, there are backup systems beyond back up systems but they are never 100% perfect. In other words; when the human body doesn't get what it essentially needs it will pull that essential nutrient from elsewhere. Even if it means destroying itself in the process. The brains number one function is to survive.
Have you ever watched those survival shows where a guy/gal or both get stranded in the middle of nowhere with cameras to document their experiences and show us techniques on to survive in wild? There are usually three things they do first. Find shelter, water, & food. We all have survival instincts and finding water is one of them. Water helps to regulate your body temperature, prevents blood pressure issues, evens out glycogen levels, improves the cardiovascular system, & helps deliver nutrients throughout the body.
is there such a thing as Too Much Water?
Actually, Yes! There is such a thing as too much water! This is called hyponatremia when your salt levels are diluted which leads to "Losing sodium quickly is a medical emergency. It can cause loss of consciousness, seizures, and coma." - Janelle Martel. To find out more about about hyponatremia check out https://www.healthline.com/health/hyponatremia
How to keep Track?
Nowadays almost anyone and everyone has a smartphone. Keeping track of water intake can be fun and easy to manage. There are multiple apps you can choose from. One the most popular trackers for food and water intake is https://www.myfitnesspal.com/. For my fitness gadget wearing peeps. Your fitness gadgets; such as https://www.fitbit.com/home, should have their own food and water intake tracker built in. There are high-tech water bottles with digital readouts with their own apps.
Or if your old school and pen & paper are your preferences then by all means. I would highly suggest using some kind of water bottle with ounces marked on the outside like a Blender Bottle for example. Some people even use a style diary or journal noting called "Bullet Journaling." If that's more up your alley then do it that way. Whatever makes it easier for you to track of your progress.
When is the last time you had some water?
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