Water and the art of hydration is the easiest, cheapest, and in most cases the most convenient nutrient to monitor and consume. And, the best part?? Its serves many roles in helping your body maintain (and exceed) normal, healthy (bodily) functions. I’ve been fascinated by water, mainly the molecules of hydrogen and oxygen for quite some time. Without the molecules coming together to form water, we wouldn’t be able to survive. There’s even some scientist(s) (I’m not one of them) that think water original structure of H20 may be wrong, and that water may actually contain different molecules or a slightly different composition. I’ll save that topic for another blog!
Five reasons to make water #1 on the (intake) priority list:
- Helps you digest food – often times you hear about water aiding in digestion. That is 100% true, it often acts like a facilitator, and helps the food and nutrients you are consuming get to working muscles or organs (for absorption/storage). Your saliva is a key component of eating which helps digest food as well.
- Help keep you cool – water is our body’s natural cooling system, it work with your thermoregulatory system to ensure your body does not reach a core temperature that would be dangerous to the human body. During exercise, water plays and even more crucial role in athletic performance helping decrease the onset of dehydrate.
- Eliminates waste – water when excreted through urine, helps eliminate metabolic waste. One key factor to ensure you’re staying hydrated is to monitor your urine color. Generally, the darker the urine the more concentrated = higher onset of dehydration
- Helps nutrients get to working muscles – in your blood for example, water plays a key role in ensuring oxygen, glucose, and lipids can get to working muscles to maintain exercise output.
- Water is you…literally – water accounts for nearly 55-60% of the human body, with about 70% of muscle tissue composed of water.
How much should I drink throughout the day?
For Women, aim to intake 3.1 liters per day (through fluids and foods). Men should aim to intake roughly 3.7 liters, both through fluids and foods.
Pro tip: fruits & vegetables accounts for a large amounts of water, a higher consumption of these nutrients can ensure you are getting a nice blend of vitamins & minerals, and WATER!