Drink Until You Float
Written by Susan Thorn
Proper hydration is essential for peak performance, beautiful hair and skin, and a life of good health. Our bodies are made up of about 70 percent water and can become dehydrated before you know it. So how much do you need? As a baseline, we all need at least 64 ounces, or 8 glasses per day to be able to concentrate and function. When following a balanced diet, 20 percent of our water comes from food. More realistically though a 30-year-old woman weighing 125 pounds that works out 60 minutes per day may need consume much more—up to and more than 100 ounces of water per day. To determine your own needs checkout the interactive hydration calculator. But remember this is only an estimate. The true amount of water depends on many factors. Climate, time of year, and elevation are some.
Adequate water consumption contributes to beautiful skin by flushing out toxins that accumulate in our bodies and get deposited in the liver. Toxins come from many places— our environment, the food we eat, and the excess consumption of alcoholic beverages. When our livers are busy ridding our bodies of toxins, we cannot assimilate the proteins we need to build and maintain healthy muscle. Alcoholic beverages, when consumed, although they are fluid, result in a net loss of water. One drink may have little impact but have several and your body is going to be in a state of hydration. If you do drink alcohol, be sure to consume one glass of water for every glass of alcohol.
The other reasons for drinking more water are more scientifically nature-related to the proper functioning of your body. When you burn body or dietary fat for fuel some of the fat may be burned incompletely. These partially burned fat-by-products are called ketones. Ketones are excreted mostly in the urine. The more water you drink, the quicker you will get rid of the ketones and the more fat you will lose. Don’t wait until you are thirsty; studies have shown that once you feel the urge to drink, you are already in dehydration mode. So drink up!
Curving hunger! Research has shown that drinking a large glass of cold water 15-30 minutes before a meal tends to reduce hunger and cravings, and, as a result, you will consume less calories through a decrease in portion size. For most of us, the excess weight we have found is a result of portion size. So drink your water; drink your water; drink your water!
Joints and muscles need water! Our bodies need water! On average, we lose about 10 cups of fluid per day when we are mildly active through sweating, exhaling, urinating, and bowel movements. Water makes up a large part of the fluid that bathe your joints and muscles. Lack of water can produce muscle cramping; drinking ample amounts before, during, and after you work out can prevent muscle cramps and reduce muscle soreness. Drink lots of water and your muscles will love you!
Water is crucial for your healthy lifestyle. Work water into your daily nutritional and fitness lifestyle—at least 64 ounces per day. If you are working out vigorously, then you need to bump it up based on your personal needs. Drinking adequate amounts of water on a routine and regular schedule can boost your health and keep your beautiful body looking lean and feeling great.