I’m going to take a break from functional exercises to talk about water. Every time I bring it up in the gym, people stop and listen to the importance of drinking water. Let me begin by defining water. Water is not a nutrient. Nutrients are defined as the raw materials for fueling the body, and building new cells. Lacking water will cause dehydration.
Dehydration or the symptoms of dehydration are a lack of water in the cells. There are three ways the body loses water, urination, sweating, and breathing. If you exhale against a mirror it fogs up, that’s water. So to reiterate the loss of water is due to urinating, sweating, and exhaling. To replenish your water, you should drink at least half your body weight in ounces. For example if you weigh two hundred pounds you should drink one hundred ounces of water daily,(or ten ten ounce glasses daily). Most people don’t do this and find it hard to do.
If you change your lifestyle by drinking the required daily water, you’ll find a significant improvement in your well being. School teachers, nurses, etc; find it hard to leave their posts to go to use the bathroom, due to drinking the required amount of water. So the only thing left to do is to keep drinking as much water as you can when you come home. Drinking large quantities of water during a meal is not recommended. This will dilute your food intake and lessen the body’s absorption of nutrients. Besides dehydration, water is needed for body temperature, blood circulation, metabolism, immune response, and elimination of waste.
If you’re overweight you should increase your daily intake of water. When dehydration sets in, the water in your muscles becomes depleted. This can lead to muscle cramps, which is the alarm your body needs water.
At this time I’d like to talk about the use of tap water, versus bottled water, versus distilled water. First off, tap water contains fluoride that is important to a child’s development. As an adult, drinking tap water will not harm you. Check your local areas water report for safety, because some areas MAY contain cancer causing chemicals that are exceeding the safety guidelines.
If you’re looking to cleanse your body, (detoxification) another safe and inexpensive product is distilled water. For example, over a ninety day period, drinking distilled water can aid in reducing pollutants. Some main pollutants in water are lead, copper, certain cancer causing agents, and chlorine. Distilled water is very cheap compared to some of the prices you’d pay for bottled water. The main rule of thumb is to drink one glass of water every two hours during a sixteen hour waking period.
So raise your glasses and toast with water, the more you drink, the better you will feel.
My next article will be getting back to explaining more functional exercises.
Yours in health,
Author of “THREE STRIKES YOU”RE IN.
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