Why Do I Need To Drink Enough Water?

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By Juhee Shah, Team Manager and Health and Fitness Coach for Greatness Fitness

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Health Benefits of Water:

About 60% of your total weight is made up of water. Two thirds of the total water in the body is inside the cells and the rest of it is outside the cells so that the cells can move around and the other chemicals floating around in the body, such as vitamins, minerals, hormones, electrolytes, etc. can get into the cell. Water is needed for many physiological processes and biochemical reactions, including:

  • digestion
  • absorption
  • blood circulation
  • nutrient transportation
  • metabolism
  • regulation of body temperature
  • waste removal and detoxification
  • There are many health benefits of water, including:
  • better mood
  • better physical performance
  • weight loss
  • less joint pain
  • flush out waste and bacteria
  • prevention of headaches
  • better skin

Water Intake Recommendations:

Drink at least seven glasses of water a day, plus four glasses for every hour of exercise.

Water is involved in every single reaction that happens inside your body and when there isn’t enough in your body you are not functioning to your fullest capabilities and many things suffer. You wouldn’t even think to run your car without the proper amount of oil in it and your car can be replaced when it breaks down! Drink at least seven glasses of water a day, plus four glasses for every hour of exercise. Individual water needs vary. In general, this recommendation is the minimum requirement. Your needs will increase depending on many factors including exercise, intensity of exercise, environment, health conditions, food choice, quality of air you breathe, time spent talking and the list goes on. There are many ways your body signals that you need to drink more water. The most obvious is the feeling of thirst, however keep in mind that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already in the early stages of dehydration. Other signals that you need to pay attention to include:

  • fatigue/dizziness
  • brain fog/lack of concentration/confusion
  • muscle cramps
  • dry skin/wrinkles
  • infrequent urination/dark colored urine
  • bad breath
  • mood swings
  • chills
  • joint aches
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • sugar cravings/hunger pangs

 

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Juhee Shah is the Team Manager and Health and Fitness Coach for Greatness Fitness. She has both a B.S. in Kinesiology and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology. Juhee has received her certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is a certified Personal Trainer.

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