Did you know water is the main component of the human body! In fact, the body is composed of approximately 60% water depending on body size. Adequate and regular water consumption has numerous health benefits. And as an added plus, it has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar and luckily is readily available.
Yet so many of us struggle to adequately hydrate our bodies… and its doing you harm from the inside out.
So what are some of the benefits of water?
If you often feel tired, there is a high chance that it could be due to inadequate consumption of water which makes the body function less efficiently. In fact, fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration NOT thirst. When there is less water in the body, there is a drop of blood volume which causes the heart to work harder to pump oxygenated blood around. We also see other organs function less efficiently. Thus, drinking adequate water can help your body function better and reduce fatigue.
Flushes out toxins
Water is an excellent detoxifier as it helps flush out toxins from your body and get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine. It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stones by diluting the salts and minerals in urine that cause kidney stones.
Though you need to drink adequate amount of water throughout the day, experts warn against drinking too much water. Consuming excessive amounts of water may reduce your kidneys’ ability to filter out waste- creating a toxic body environment. So YES you can drink too much water.
Helps relieve headaches?
The brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull. If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches. Dehydration may also effect the muscles of the head and and neck resulting in tightness and spasm – causing a headache. So next time you have a headache, reach for a glass of water before your pain killers.
So how much water do you need?
The institute of Medicine states that each body requires approximately 2 litres of water ( with another 1litre doing from food so all up 3L per day) — again depending on body type / environment and physical exertion. Dehydration signs aren’t always obvious. Some surprising dehydration signs include headache, bad breath, fatigue, irritability and cravings for sweets and food.
Why do we crave food when we are dehydrated?
When our bodies are depleted of water, they cannot create energy we need to function. Organs such as the liver cant work efficiently. and so they send a signal to the brain to ‘get more goods.’ Its the bodies protective mechanism switching the desire for water to food. This means you will eat more, and possibly put on extra weight due to these cravings. To avoid this, simply stay hydrated and your cells will stay happy and not send ‘fat signals’ to the brain.
FAST FACTS TIP ON WATER
Keep your water bottle handy. If it’s right next to you, you’ll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realising.
Spice up plain water. If you don’t love plain water, mix it up by adding lemon / mint or your favourite fresh fruit chunks.
When you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow. Constantly crystal clear urine may mean your trying to hard to hydrate. keep in mind various things we consume ( Medication / Supplements or certain foods) can vastly change the colour of your urine.
Sip regularly DONT guzzle.
When in doubt, stop and ask yourself, What activity am I doing, for how long, and in what temperature? If you’re gearing up for sweat session a long ride or run or just an intense pump session -factor in a drinks break.
Snack on fruits and veggies with a high water content – Watermelon, strawberries celery Cucumber. They are healthy and great for hydration.
So while there a number of products on the market calling themselves “Water”… nothing beats simple H20.