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Why Do I Need To Drink All This Water?

Why Do I Need to Drink Water-what does it do anyway?
Drink 8-10 glasses a day.
Drink more!
Don’t wait till you are thirsty
Water is good for you.
So much advice, but none of it really tells us why.  So what does water do in our bodies?
There’s a huge list of things water does.  We all know that we cannot survive very long without it, but let’s get a bit more specific.  This list is going to focus mainly on the individual that is trying to improve fitness and health, but these things also apply to everyone else, even if you are happy to sit around, eat rubbish and settle for less than optimum health.
Helps to maintain Healthy Joints
Healthy joints depend on your water intake.  Without getting too complicated, this has implications for everyone.  The cartilage in your joints relies on an optimal water supply.  This is important because without healthy cartilage, you face a bone-on-bone situation and the beginnings of arthritis-type symptoms.  You probably don’t think this effects you too much, but when you can’t bend down anymore because your knees and hips hurt so much, it will be too late.
Help Maintain a Healthy Spine
Between each vertabrae in your spine are discs called invertabrael discs.  These discs comprise a percentage of water and in order to do their job as shock absorbers and to allow movement between your vertabrae, they also rely on optimal water intake.  Back pain has many causes usually related to inactivity and poor posture.  Chronic dehydration will contribute to the problem.
Mental Focus and Concentration
85% of our brain tissue is water.  Not consuming enough water will result in head aches and an inability to focus and concentrate properly.  Low hydration status also increases fatigue levels.  You will just feel more tired all the time.  This can have serious implications at work, while training, at school and just any time that you need to be totally focused.  How often do you get head aches?  Try drinking more water and you will notice a huge difference.
Digestive Health
Water is crucial to maintaining a healthy digestive system.  Why should you care about this?  Healthy digestion will ensure that more of the nutrients from your food are absorbed and can be used in you body.  If you are dehydrated, it makes it extremely hard for your macro and micro nutrients to be transported and utilised in your body.  At the other end, dehydration will contribute to constipation.  Try it, more water will really help with this problem.  Combine it with physical activity and you are likely to be cured of this common ailment.
Waste Removal
Without sufficient water, your kidneys have to work extra hard to remove waste products from your body.  This can lead to kidney problems and the problem is worse for you if you are overweight and have a lot of fat to shift from your body.  Toxins are stored in bodyfat, so if you are reducing the fat, there will also be more for your kidneys to process.  Enough water is absolutely necessary for optimal fat loss results.
How Water Much Is Enough?
There are many theories about the optimal amount of water to consume in 24 hours.  Most though agree that 1.5-2.5 litres per day plus what you consume while training should be sufficient.  There are lots of different formulas, but most of them equate to this amount.
It is also recommended that you consume approx. another 800ml of water for every hour of exercise.
A reduction in body fluids of only 2% will result in impaired performance.  That means for an 80kg person, a loss of only 1-1.5 litres of water will result in a 15-20% decrease in performance, possible head aches, lower concentration abilities and all of the things listed above.
I know when I am testing body composition at FitterFaster, the majority of you come in underhydrated.
It does take a bit of effort to form the habit of drinking enough every day.  Take a bottle with you everywhere.  Have one sitting on your desk.  Take one in the car with you.  Make the effort and you will notice the difference in the way you feel and your fatigue levels.
This is one simple habit that can make a huge difference to your health and weight loss efforts

Why Do I Need to Drink Water-what does it do anyway?

Drink 8-10 glasses a day.glassesof water

Drink more!

Don’t wait till you are thirsty

Water is good for you.

So much advice, but none of it really tells us why.  So what does water do in our bodies?

There’s a huge list of things water does.  We all know that we cannot survive very long without it, but let’s get a bit more specific.  This list is going to focus mainly on the individual that is trying to improve fitness and health, but these things also apply to everyone else, even if you are happy to sit around, eat rubbish and settle for less than optimum health.

Helps to maintain Healthy Joints

Healthy joints depend on your water intake.  Without getting too complicated, this has implications for everyone.  The cartilage in your joints relies on an optimal water supply.  This is important because without healthy cartilage, you face a bone-on-bone situation and the beginnings of arthritis-type symptoms.  You probably don’t think this effects you too much, but when you can’t bend down anymore because your knees and hips hurt so much, it will be too late.

Help Maintain a Healthy Spine

Between each vertabrae in your spine are discs called invertabrael discs.  These discs comprise a percentage of water and in order to do their job as shock absorbers and to allow movement between your vertabrae, they also rely on optimal water intake.  Back pain has many causes usually related to inactivity and poor posture.  Chronic dehydration will contribute to the problem.

Mental Focus and Concentration

85% of our brain tissue is water.  Not consuming enough water will result in head aches and an inability to focus and concentrate properly.  Low hydration status also increases fatigue levels.  You will just feel more tired all the time.  This can have serious implications at work, while training, at school and just any time that you need to be totally focused.  How often do you get head aches?  Try drinking more water and you will notice a huge difference.

Digestive Health

Water is crucial to maintaining a healthy digestive system.  Why should you care about this?  Healthy digestion will ensure that more of the nutrients from your food are absorbed and can be used in you body.  If you are dehydrated, it makes it extremely hard for your macro and micro nutrients to be transported and utilised in your body.  At the other end, dehydration will contribute to constipation.  Try it, more water will really help with this problem.  Combine it with physical activity and you are likely to be cured of this common ailment.

Waste Removal

Without sufficient water, your kidneys have to work extra hard to remove waste products from your body.  This can lead to kidney problems and the problem is worse for you if you are overweight and have a lot of fat to shift from your body.  Toxins are stored in bodyfat, so if you are reducing the fat, there will also be more for your kidneys to process.  Enough water is absolutely necessary for optimal fat loss results.

How Water Much Is Enough?

There are many theories about the optimal amount of water to consume in 24 hours.  Most though agree that 1.5-2.5 litres per day plus what you consume while training should be sufficient.  There are lots of different formulas, but most of them equate to this amount.

It is also recommended that you consume approx. another 800ml of water for every hour of exercise.

A reduction in body fluids of only 2% will result in impaired performance.  That means for an 80kg person, a loss of only 1-1.5 litres of water will result in a 15-20% decrease in performance, possible head aches, lower concentration abilities and all of the things listed above.

I know when I am testing body composition at FitterFaster, the majority of you come in underhydrated.

It does take a bit of effort to form the habit of drinking enough every day.  Take a bottle with you everywhere.  Have one sitting on your desk.  Take one in the car with you.  Make the effort and you will notice the difference in the way you feel and your fatigue levels.

This is one simple habit that can make a huge difference to your health and weight loss effortsglass of water

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