Monday, April 9, 2012

Water, Water, Water

We all hear over and over to drink water...  It is crucial for our overall health.   Though there are many reasons, here are two: Our bodies are over 70% water. Your brain is over 85% water.  

Here are even more reasons:  Staying hydrated is essential for optimum brain function, it maintains our body temperature, aids in digestion, metabolizes fat, lubricates and cushions your organs, transports nutrients throughout our bodies, flushes toxic waste from our bodies and much more.  

However, did you know that thirst is not a good indicator of your hydration level?   By the time you experience thirst you are already dehydrated. 

It is especially important to stay hydrated during exercise.  When you lose body weight via sweat, it causes a drop in blood volume that causes the heart to work harder to circulate blood.  This may lead to muscle cramps, dizziness and fatigue.   In more serious cases, you may experience heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to drink at least 8-10 glasses of pure water a day (not all liquids are as hydrating as pure water).   And make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after vigorous exercise. 

Drink up and stay tuned……..

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