AND LOTS OF IT!
Dehydration in our bodies occurs when our bodies do not have enough water. This is bad. You need regular hydration – once every hour at least.
Think about it. You are at least 75% water, your brain is 80% and your blood 90%.
Pretty important, right?
Dehydration symptoms include lethargy, headaches; in short even when it’s mild, there’s a marked loss of energy.
Since I want to help people feel better and improve their health I am going to share with you the benefits of drinking water, and how much water you need. Day after day I meet with people during consultations who are extremely dehydrated and most of them think that they are getting enough water. WRONG! And then I get this question- “Why do I have to drink so much water?” or “Does juice/coffee/tea/pop [enter any liquid here] count?” or they say things like “I don’t like to drink that much water as all I do it go to the bathroom every hour” or “I don’t like drinking water”. Sound familiar?? Read on for the answers to these questions and more…
nutrients and oxygen have to travel between cells
provides the cushioning for your joints
regulates body temperature
determines the rate of your digestion, fat burning, etc.
And then there is the whole debate about there being so many chemicals in the water these days, that you need use a water filtration system. I do not see this as being necessary for drinking water (and it is super expensive) but if you have one GREAT! To be honest I stick with good old tap water, it hasn’t let me down yet or caused me to be dehydrated 😛
So how much water do you need to avoid dehydration?
The well known saying that you need 8 glasses a day is a good start, but not quite right.
Your needs will vary greatly based on the climate where you live, how active you are physically, etc.
Start with 1/2 ounce of water for every pound of body weight.
Easy to calculate:
Your weight right now divided by 2 – that’s how many fluid ounces you need per day.
So at an average weight of 150 pounds, you would drink 75 fluid ounces.
This is good hydration.
8 glasses of 8 ounces each is 64 ounces so you see it’s close, but not enough.
When you exercise (or like to sit and sweat in the sauna), you need to greatly increase your water before, during and after this time.
Crucial things to consider:
1-Do not wait till you feel thirsty. By this point you are already in a state of dehydration.
2-Drink throughout the day. This may take a little effort at first to form a new habit. It is not the same to guzzle down 4 glasses at once.
3-Do not drink with your meals (something I am working on right now). Once you’ve trained yourself to drink evenly the rest of the time, this will be easy. Drinking with a meal dilutes the entire digestive process making your body work much harder than is necessary (learned this at a lecture at the CanFitPro conference this past summer).
4-Water means WATER! I am talking pure water here, not sodas or coffee or other sugary drinks.
So just to reemphasize-water regulates ALL the functions in the human body. Here are a few more of the most important functions:
The flow of blood and lymph through the body
The functioning of our brains
The cushioning and regulation of organs
The transfer and absorption of nutrients into cells and tissues
The removal of waste out of the cells
The movement of nerve impulses through the nervous system
The balance of hormones
The regulation of body temperature
The lubrication and cushioning of joints
I think that most health conditions, illness and disease are affected by water, as explained above.
General pain and inflammation in muscles and joints
Tension headaches and migraines
Tension headaches and migraines
Skin problems, including acne, eczema and psoriasis
Hearing and sight problems
Dysfunction of the kidney or liver
Gall and kidney stones
Heart disease and strokes
Mental disorders and addictions
Impaired memory and brain function
Autoimmune disorders, such as Lupus and fibromyalgia
This is not to say that water alone will cure every disease, although I wish it did, and I do believe proper hydration is often the ‘missing link’ and should be an essential part of everyone’s diet.
So fill up those water bottles and start sipping away to keep your body healthy!