The human body is composed of up to 70% water and is involved in so many processes in the body that being just 2% dehydrated can start to hinder your body’s ability to perform.
Therefore, staying hydrated is of great importance in order to maximize your performance. Other fluids don’t act the same as water in your body, and they don’t meet your needs for hydration like water does, which causes most people to be slightly dehydrated from relying on other fluids for their fluid intake.
Water also makes up more than half of your bodyweight and some major functions include:
We lose water each day when we go to the bathroom, sweat and breathe. We lose it even faster when the weather is really hot, when you exercise or if we have a fever. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.
Some effects of dehydration include:
Most people are familiar with the recommendation of eight 8 ounces glasses per day, but there is some debate about how much water we should have. I tell my clients the general rule of thumb is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces per day. Also consume water before, during and after your workouts, or when you consume beverages that are diuretics such as caffeinated beverages or alcohol.
I am always amazed when people tell me they dislike the taste of water. Here are a few ways to make drinking your water more interesting.
Written with MIchelle Crean, Empowerment for Women