Too often water is an afterthought, and yet no nutrient is more vital or neccessary in as great amounts. Maintaining proper hydration is an essential part of healthy living. Every day we lose 2-3 litres of water through urinition, sweating and breathing.
In addition to helping you build muscle, drinking water can help you fight fat, fever, asthma, arthiritis, depression, constipation, bad compexion, stomach aches, or even a stuffy nose. The truth is tha you’d be hard pressed to find an ailment that isn’t eased by drinking more water.
A man’s body is approximately 60% water and a woman’s is about 50%. Consider the fact that we you can survive for weeks without food, but only about 6 days without water. When the water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you get thirsty. At 5%, muscle strength and endurance deteriorates, and you become hot and tired. When the loss reaches 10% delirium and blurred vision take over. At 20%, you’re dead!
Sufficient water intake not only burns calories, but allows your liver to be more efficient at mobilising and emlimiating fat from your body. Water helps to elimiate toxins from the body, and transport other nutrients into our cells. It is required for a proper balance of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, which ensure that your muscles have a full range of motion, prevent muscle spasms and cramping and regulate the pattern of your heart beat.
By maintaining proper blood density, water helps manage blood pressure, and the movements of fats so they are not deposited as plaque in the blood vessels. Water also wards off food cravings caused by dehydration and thirst.
Never let thirst be your guide. That’s like coasting onto a motorway with a completely empty fuel tank being your inication to put some petrol in your car. It’s already too late. By the time you’re actually thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
How do you know if you are hydrated enough? Your urine should be colourless or have a slightly yellow tint.
How can you drink 2-3 litres of water a day?
- Try to carry a water bottle with you, keep one in your car.
- At work get two reusable bottles: fill them up and keep them in the fridge.
- When you drink one fill it up and take the other one out of the fridge.
- Do this repeatedly throughout the day.
- At home, do the same, or keep a large bottle of water and pour from it until you finish it each day.
- Drink water instead of fizzy drinks or coffee.
- If you want to keep a note of how many bottles of water you drink – get the iphone app.