We all know that water is vital to life, without it we just simply would not exist, this planet would be nothing more than a lump of rock floating through space. Why is it then that we just don’t seem to want to drink water? Ask yourself right now, do I drink enough water? I’m sure that most of you will answer this with a no. A main ingredient in the wonder of life and we would prefer to replace it with Coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and energy drinks.
I hold my hands up, I’m not perfect at keeping my water levels topped up and quite often will be seen with a cup of coffee in my hand. Just recently though I have become more conscious of how much water I’m drinking, I sometimes go through stages of drinking lots of water and then nowhere near enough. I’m going to use this blog to let everyone know of the importance of drinking water and also to give myself a gentle kick up the backside and drink more.
So why do we need water? Well first of all our bodies are made up to 70% with water, it’s used in numerous ways to help keep the body healthy, this includes;
- Lubricating joints.
- Nourishes and protects the brain, spinal cord and other tissues.
- Regulates body temperature.
- Helps remove waste through sweat, urine and bowel movement.
- Keeps cells operating at their best.
If you’re exercising, looking to lose or even gain weight then the amount of water you drink should be on the top of your list of things to check. Keeping your cells running at their optimal levels means the food you’re consuming is being processed in the most efficient way, which in turn will aid you in seeing results.
A lack of water will reduce the blood levels in your body which will make the heart pump harder causing a lack of oxygen being supplied to cells and organs in the body. You will become dizzy, irritable and suffer with headaches, this is the start of what’s known as dehydration. If water is not consumed after this then you’ll become clumsy, lethargic and disorientated. Eventually with no water you will slip into a coma and die, a scary thought considering this can all happen within 1 week of no fluids. There’s a flip side to this though, you can end up having too much water and develop a condition called hyponatremia. The symptoms are very similar to not having enough water, you can get headaches, nausea, confusion, loss of energy, muscle spasms, irritability and in severe cases seizures and coma.
With this in mind then, how much water should I drink? You have probably heard that it should be 8 cups of water a day, but this cannot be the same for everyone. The real answer depends on you and you’re current activity level, on average it’s about 1.5 – 2 litres a day for women and about 2.5 – 3 litres a day for men. If you’re more active then you will need to adjust your water intake accordingly, for example strongman Laurence Shahlaei will drink between 4-6 litres a day. If you’re having trouble keeping on top of your water consumption try getting a 2 litre bottle of water and marking every 200ml, then drink 200ml every hour.
As you can see water is important to not only an athletes diet but everyone’s diet, if you’re not already drinking enough then I strongly recommend that you do. How much water do you drink now? and do you have any tips on how to consume more?
Let me know in the comments below.
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