Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Workout Wednesday: Water

Last Wednesday I wrote about the importance of allowing your body to heal. One important component in healing is fluid intake – namely WATER.

Let’s discuss why drinking water is so important for our bodies…

A person’s survival is based on water consumption. It’s necessary for digestion and absorption of food. Water helps to maintain muscle tone, supply oxygen and nutrients to our cells, rids our body of waste and cools us down, as in regulating body temperature. If those are not enough reasons to drink – I don’t know what is. Drink WATER that is!

How much water does one need in a day?

Some studies say it depends on your lifestyle, where you live and how healthy you are. Everyone has heard the advice of drinking 8 glasses a day, right? Apparently this is not supported with hard evidence. It’s a good rule of thumb and is easy to remember. This got me to thinking is it 8 glasses of water plus other fluids or just 8 in total. Seems like a reasonable question right?

All your fluid intake in a day counts towards water replenishment. Meaning – all the fruits and veggies you eat in a day contain water. Even coffee and tea count, although some argue they deplete your system, others say they don’t. Alcohol will dehydrate you and doesn’t count.

A good way to tell if your body’s water-balanced is to check the colour of your pee. If it’s very dark, you’re on the dry side; if it’s very light or translucent, then you need to drink less water. Seems simple enough.

My take away is to drink when you are thirsty. If you plan on doing a lot of activity or a night of heavy drinking – drink more. I think common sense really comes into play. You never want to overdue anything and you especially don’t want to spend your entire day sitting on the toilet peeing :)

Be safe, stay healthy and have fun!

Simply Yours,

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