Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Water!

What is one thing you could do RIGHT NOW to benefit your health? Drink more water! Water is essential, refreshing and your body needs this nutrient!




Here are some rough estimates to show you how vital water is to the body:

  • Muscle consists of 75% water
  • Brain consists of 90% of water
  • Bone consists of 22% of water
  • Blood consists of 83% water

         " [Water] acts as a building material; as a solvent, reaction                        medium and reactant; as a carrier for nutrients and waste products;                            in thermoregulation; and as a lubricant and shock absorber." (Source)

Basically what all this science "jumbo" tells us is that water is SUPER important! Since water consumes that much of our body, it makes sense how much even slight dehydrated can throw your body out of sync. I know for a fact that when I'm busy running errands, cooking dinner, cleaning up, etc. I neglect to consume as much water as I should. Then I WONDER why I'm feeling tired and then (sometimes!) suddenly think, "man I'm thirsty". My body ends up screaming at me "c'mon woman, give me something here!" I know, I'm guilty of it too... to reach for the coffee or the energy drinks. Why do that when all my body really needs is a cup of water?

I challenge you to reach for a glass of water before you head for the cup of coffee to "wake you up" or to get rid of fatigue. If plane water isn't your favorite, try adding a little lemon for some flavor or even some iced tea! If you are STILL tired I suggest having a little snack (nuts like almonds are a GREAT energy boost, keep you full and actually help keep you mentally focused!) Then, if you MUST, reach for the coffee ;)


So... where do you start? As a basic guide, divide your body weight in half and drink that many ounces of water per day. Each person is different but just making small strides to consume more water can only benefit you in the long run. You'll want to add more ounces to that number that that if you consume coffee (caffeine) or workout during the day.


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