Water makes up an average of 75% of the human body, is vital for life and often, most people don’t get enough of it. Many Americans exist in a constant state of dehydration, which is not only unhealthy, but can be dangerous, especially when exercising.
As lots of people begin their 2014 fitness journeys, whether they want to lose weight, run their first 5K or break a three hour marathon, it will be undeniable how important getting enough water is. Yes, water, and no, you can’t just drink something. It has to be good, old fashioned H2O or water based, such as a sports drink or milk, which is close to 87% water. But water’s boring. It might not be exciting, but with all kinds of flavor enhancers available, there’s no good reason not to have enough. Here are some very good reasons why.
Proper hydration can help you feel full. Drinking a glass of water before a meal helps fill up your stomach and means you’re less likely to overeat.
Water transports oxygen and nutrients to the cells that need them. If water isn’t taking them there, they aren’t going. Cells aren’t able to do their jobs without these things, which means a slower metabolism and potential weight gain.
Joints are like belt in a car, they can dry out. Staying active and maintaining hydration levels lubricates joints and can help relieve joint pain and stiffness.
The same way water moves oxygen and nutrients through the body, it also flushes out impurities. Clean, hydrated skin cells are plump, look younger and have better circulation than those that are thirsty.
Dehydration, and cells that don’t have the water they need to transport vital nutrients, leads to a slow down of enzyme activity and in turn creates feelings of tiredness and fatigue.
Blood cells need water more than any other. They are 92% water and dehydration causes blood to thicken, resist flow and ultimately increases blood pressure.
Increased blood pressure, slowed down enzyme activity and cells that aren’t being cleaned out will frequently lead to constipation and gas. Along with removing impurities from your body, water also helps you stay regular.
One final advantage of drinking the recommended 6-8 8oz glasses of water a day? Ice cold water has to be warmed by your body before it can be digested. Heating cold water up is hard work and burns calories, which is great for aiding weight loss.
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