12 Jun

It does more good for you than just replenishing your heart

It accounts for 69% of our entire body. The brain is 80% H20.  The blood? 83%.  Our liver amazingly enough is 90% water. It’s our life force.  Without it, we’ll die within 3 days.  Here are some factoids that you may not know about water and your body, borrowed from The Watershed Blog:

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world pop.)
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water deters hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a University of Washington study.
  • The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and develop bladder cancer by 50%.

Staying well-hydrated helps to flush out toxins, beat back fatigue, creates glowing skin, and most importantly, helps to regulate hunger.

You’ll rarely see me without my CamelBak

You read it right: reduce food cravings.  We often mistake dehydration with being hungry.  So before you reach for those Doritos, drink a full glass of water (at least 8 oz), wait 15 minutes and see if it goes away.

So how much do you actually need? Most recommend you need half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you need to drink approximately 100 oz of water.

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This translates into 12.5 cups or 5 20-oz bottles a day.  Now this does not take into account all the hard exercising you are doing, so make sure you drink a little more than that to account for the water loss through sweat!  This may seem like a lot, but there are simple things you can do to increase your water intake from morning to night.

  • Drink a full glass of water in the morning.  After I weight myself every morning, I drink a full glass of water, you are super dehydrated in the morning and it’s a great time to rehydrate, especially before heading to the gym.
  • Carry a water bottle with you!  I always lug a water bottle with me and refill it at every opportunity.  If it’s sitting at your desk at work, it’s an easy reminder to stop and take a few sips every once in a while.  Plus you’re helping out the environment and your wallet!I take free water any day over Dasani!
  • Drink a glass before every meal.  The fuller your stomach is on water, the less you’re going to eat, plus it’ll help aid the digestion process and keep you from getting dehydrated!
  • Bored with water? Snazz it up a bit. Add a bit of lime or lemon to it! Looking for something a little sweeter?  Right next to my Brita pitcher in my fridge is a pitcher of whatever crystal light I have whipped up for the week. When I need to mix it up, I drink Crystal Light. They’ve got great flavors, and at only 5 calories per 8 fl. oz., it’s totally worth it.  But don’t go overboard!  You can also drink fizzy water, but if you buy store bought, make sure it doesn’t have any added sodium!
  • Carry Crystal Light To-Go packets when you’re out and about. They’re easy to add to your water bottle when you need a snazz on the road!
  • Bring a water glass to bed.  I try to drink enough to not be completely parched in the morning, but not so much that I have to get up in the middle of the night.

    Crystal Light is a great way to snazz up your water

Those are my favorite tips to adding more water to your day.  I hope they help!  What are your favorite tips to stay hydrated?

Keep Sweating!

~Coach Lindsey


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