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Why is water important?

Thinking of ways to change your water intake? Purchase a water jug and keep it with you throughout the day. Also, crystal light and flavored water help make it easier to drink as well. If you are anything like me, drinking water is a difficult task at times. But after realizing the benefits of drinking water, hopefully you will convert to a water drinking lifestyle because it is essential to our health. Here are a few reasons to drink water:

1.  Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 65-70% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

2.  Water Can Help Control and burn Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.

3.  Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes weaken, which can result in muscle fatigue especially during exercising. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer.

The ACSM guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.

4. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine, explains Guest.

When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

5.  Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Plenty hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation

 

Ade Amuda

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Water and Exercise

I recently spoke to an individual who would like to improve her fitness level, but also hates drinking water. This got me thinking that perhaps she is unaware of the benefits of water in exercise, and that she may not be alone.

We all probably know that our bodies cannot survive without water, and that it is recommended that we drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but what about for exercise?

  • Water helps regulate our body temperature during heat stress and exercise, and it also helps lubricate our joints and vital organs.
  • Water consumption is actually essential to the process that helps our body produce energy during exercise.
  • Water consumption plays such a vital part in exercise that it is important before, during, and after exercise.

It is beneficial to drink plenty of water before exercise to ensure that when we begin sweating we can easily replenish our fluid levels to help prevent dehydration and optimize performance.

  • Sweating during exercise is the body’s way of getting rid of the excess heat, and trying to cool down.
  •  We all lose water through sweat at different rates depending on our body composition, the environment, and the intensity of the exercise.
  • Because muscle holds more water than fat, someone with more body fat may need to replace water lost at a different rate than someone with more muscle.

Water consumption is extremely important when exercising in extreme heat because you must replenish water more rapidly and more often. If the body does not get the fluid replacement it needs during physical activity, then dehydration can occur quickly. If dehydration occurs during exercise we can begin to feel tired, dizzy, have chills or experience nausea ultimately reducing the quality of our workout. At this point, the only option is to let our bodies recuperate and restore what we have lost. Drinking water after exercise is an ideal way to help the body recover and replenish any water volume lost through sweating.

Casey Robertson

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