The Importance of Water

We all know water is important; we’ve been told time and time again. We all also know that our bodies are made up of 55-65% water; this isn’t new information. Water is vital to all bodily functions, including energizing muscles, aiding with digestion, regulating body temperature and lubricating joints. Water’s so important, Brad Paisley wrote an entire song about it.

 


If you find it hard to drink enough water, keep these three things in mind:

  • Water helps you lose weight as it boosts your metabolism.  And the more water you drink the less water you retain, so you’ll lose those extra pounds of water weight.
  • Water helps you build muscle as it transfers nutrients to your cells. If you’re dehydrated, your muscles will cramp and your performance and muscle size will decrease.
  • Water gives you energy as it fights off fatigue.  The more you drink, the more awake you feel.

 

As athletes, we lose a lot water through the amount that we sweat. Urination and breathing are also ways we lose water, along with diet, stress and environmental temperatures. Replenishing all that we lose is necessary for a healthy lifestyle.


A general rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, a person who weighs 150 lbs should drink 75 oz of water a day (150 / 2 = 75).  


Coffee, alcohol, milk, and soda don’t count towards your daily intake. Tap water and bottled water (and yes, La Croix), are the only liquids that will aide in your hydration. Sports drinks, like Gatorade and Powerade, don’t hydrate you any more or less than water, but they’re loaded with added sugars that your body doesn’t need and that you’re better off without.


Here’s a chart to show you how much you should drink every day. Remember, it’s always better to drink more water than to drink less.

 

water chart
 

With our Nutrition Planning service, we’ll help you better understand the importance of water intake, along with sleep, protein intake and food quality. We want to ensure you understand the basics before diving into nutrient timing, pre and post workout windows, supplements or macronutrient profiles.  

 

If you’re ready to get started, book your no-sweat intro consultation today and remember: drink up!

 

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