Our bodies are mostly water, and without this life-giving fluid, you and I would not survive. The human body can survive for up to 3 weeks on water alone. Try surviving without water and you might make it 4 to 5 days. It’s a truly amazing and health sustaining fluid!
What really do we get from water, that our body must have, and can’t live without? It’s the benefit of the fluidity of water, and what it does for our bodies that is the most important part. All of our bodily functions rely on the cells in our bloodstream to supply them the nutrients and minerals that they need to carry out those vital functions. How do our cells achieve that end? They absorb the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we take in during our digestive process. But they also absorb water, or liquid fluids that are a product in direct water intake or the digestive process, but either way, water must be a part of the formula. Since cells are also made of mostly water or fluid, it’s necessary to keep lots of water coming,
Ask any wellness professional, and they will tell you that you must consume more water during your workouts. Due to perspiration, your body will lose quite a bit of water. For each pound lost due to exercise, you need to drink 2 additional cups of water.
Why must we keep our bodies so hydrated? In order for the metabolic and muscle burn to occur, there must be plenty of water and plenty of oxygen. Oh, wait a minute, there’s another benefit of water. It contains oxygen, a substance our body cannot get enough of. Water also helps to flush the lactic acid that accumulates in our muscles when we work out, or use them excessively. The lactose acid can build up and cause soreness, stiffness, and muscle pain.
So, if you look at the benefits that water supplies, and you are trying to maintain health and fitness, you can not ignore the fact that water must be a part of your daily intake. But how much water do we need to adequately supply our bodies, and help fuel our metabolic processes? The most often recommended quantity is 8 eight ounce glasses each day. Personally, I believe that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces daily.
What other benefits can water provide, other than the obvious ones of adding fluid to our bodies? Water helps keep our skin healthy and glowing. It helps in the reduction of wrinkling, and aids in our ability to flush fat, toxins, and any other unwanted or foreign substance from our bodies. Flushing our intestines with water allows us to maintain stable and safe quantities of yeast and bacteria. Drinking plenty of water keeps our thought processes and brain function at optimal levels, and prevents headaches that are caused from not enough hydration. It’s pretty amazing what that one little glass of water can do!
Your own personal need for water can vary greatly due to your level of physical activity, body weight, and temperature. Research has proven that over 2/3 of adults don't get the water they need daily. We tend to wait until we are thirsty before we grab a drink. This way isn't a reliable gauge of the water needs for the body. By the time you are thirsty you have already lost two of more cups of your body's water supply.
It is very important that you don't substitute alcoholic and caffeinated beverages for water. They act as a diuretic and can cause you to lose more weight through increased urination. You may think and feel as if you are getting more water through these beverages, although the fact is that you are letting it go almost as fast as you consume it.
Always make it a habit to drink water daily. Keep a bottle of water with you and drink it throughout the day. Teach yourself to drink water instead of other beverages that don't replenish the nutrients your body needs. By drinking water regularly, you can replenish your body's fluid levels and keep it well hydrated and functioning as it should be, leading yourself towards better health and the longevity you desire.