Water is the gift of life. All living systems on the planet earth require water for its function. As a result water is essential in the maintenance and function of the human body. Water definitely plays an important role in fitness. We know we have to " stay hydrated" while we exercise and most prudently when we are not exercising. But as always what is the proper amount of water to consume on a daily basis? Well ,the literature is numerous but not agreeable on what the ideal amount of water to consume.
The "rule of thumb" has been to take 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces and divide that # ( by the fl oz to be consumed )* i.e 16.6 fl oz or 8 fl oz*
The other measure has been "color of your Urine" to determine one's hydration levels as the range of urine color can range from clear to orange.
So what does water help with really?
- It helps along with the heart to pump oxygenated blood through the body
- Adequate hydration leads to melatonin release which can help facilitate sleep
- Water helps the lymph glands which is a connected series of tissues that follow along the same pathways as nerves, veins ,arteries. Lymph helps with immunity by secreting chemical defense against pathogens in your body.
- It help cleanse the senses so that our mucus membranes don't overreact to pollen and environmental ( heat, cold, )
- IT helps removes waste by way of mouth, urine and bowels to get "stuff" out
Pure water is preferred but we live in a multiple "beverage world". Water is the basis for most beverages. So does drinking "non pure water account for daily hydration? Yes and No. Here is an interesting article:https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/healthy-beverages#2
Correct that most beverages are comprised of water. And drinking them will provide "daily fluids" BUT, these beverages have chemical dyes, sugar and other preservatives that can place your:
- digestive system in overdrive as it has to filter fluids through the colon's and kidneys
- Can actually lead to dehydration requiring more consumption of water to replace losses
Here is an interesting article: https://hydratem8.com/can-water-improve-immune-system/
So it's ultimately a balance. You need to meet your needs as best you can. But you can insure compliance best by:
- buying a personal water jug
- bringing water with you to work
- ordering water while at lunch or dinner
- Be cognizant of "what you are drinking on a daily basis" .......
.......to ensure that you are drinking enough fluids from pure water and water containing beverages.
Do your best to be hydrated. In the current climate we are experiencing it could be the difference between life and death.
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