All About Water
Did you know that water makes up 75% of your body and composes 85% of your brain? Water is involved in and plays a critical role in almost all of the millions of processes occurring in your body each minute. Sound important? It is.
Water is involved in every body function, from helping to regulate your body temperature to providing the cushioning between your joints. It is the fluid part of your blood that carries oxygen to your cells and then carries waste away. Not getting your daily amount of water can lead to fatigue, dry skin, headaches and constipation. Chronic, more severe dehydration can affect your blood pressure, kidney function, and digestion. Dehydration has also been linked to neurological diseases and cancer. Research has shown that giving children water instead of soda or fruit juice can prevent childhood obesity. Not only is the daily quantity of water important, but the quality of water is of the utmost importance as well. You should always make it a practice to drink either glacier water or spring water. Use tap water as your last choice and only if absolutely necessary.
Most of us have heard that we should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, yet only 1/3 of the population actually does. Research has shown that even this is insufficient. The best recommendations indicate that we should be drinking about 1 liter of water for every 50 pounds of body weight. If you are exercising, this should be increased. If you drink coffee, caffeinated tea or alcohol the amount should increase again. Despite the common thought that the water contained in things like coffee and tea should count toward your daily requirement, it does not. Many of the constituents in each of these drinks can actually bind up the water molecules making them unavailable for your body to use. More importantly, these drinks are all diuretics; this means that they actually enhance the elimination of water from your body. So, drinking them not only does not increase your hydration, but actually depletes some of your much needed water storage.
The most important thing for you to know is: How much water is enough? Do you know? If not, come in and have your body composition tested and we can advise you of your optimal daily intake.