Water makes up 75% of your total body weight, losing 10% of water can make you sick and losing 20% can kill you. Water is responsible for every bodily function known to man. Blood is made up 90% water which makes the transportation of nutrients and energy to all parts of the body possible and the transportation of metabolic waste out of the body through your kidneys. Temperature regulation in the body is controlled by water; water assists your digestive system and lubricates joints. Water is also responsible for energy production, energy storage and workout recovery. As you can see water is absolutely vital, it’s the fuel that keeps your body running and many people out there are running on fumes which will be disastrous.
When on a diet drinking plenty of water will help your liver metabolize body fat and the carbohydrates that you consume which is converted into glucose can be stored as glycogen and not fat. Active people require more water than inactive people. A little as 4% reduction of water can drop your physical performance by as much as 30%.
Drinking plenty water on a daily basis is essential, drink plenty of water before, during and after workouts, drink water after carbohydrate meals and do not wait until you are thirsty, by this time your body is already dehydrated. Drinking 8 – 10 glasses of water per day is adequate for an average person and an active person should be drinking more.
A lot of you out there sometimes confuse thirst for hunger and reach for food instead of water which in turn keeps thirsty. The best way to alleviate this and get adequate water intake during the day is to drink a glass of water before and after every meal. This way if you are eating 5 to 6 small meals per day (which you should be doing) then you will be consuming an adequate amount of water.
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