HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU DRINK?
The human body is made up of roughly 60% water.
Because of this your body constantly needs to replenish its supply for efficient operation of a large number of essential bodily functions.
Water carries nutrients throughout your body
Water flushes harmful toxins out of your system,
It aids in digestion
and helps to protect your delicate tissues.
While one could exist weeks without food you can live only a few days without water.
Much has been written about how much water you should drink. The current standard is eight 8oz glasses of water per day for optimal health.
This may be accurate for the average sedentary woman with an average metabolism, but what about athletic performance?
Once you begin to exert your body through physical activity, your body's demand for replenishing water increases. A good rule of thumb is to add 6-8 ounces of water to your intake per 30 minutes of strenuous activity or environmental stress.
If you wait until you feel thirsty to drink water you are already suffering the effects of dehydration.
On heavy training days, you should start hydrating early, even the night before a heavy workout. Another option is to start your day with two glasses of water before breakfast to give your system a jump start. This can prevent dehydration later in the day and aid in digestion especially when dieting. If you are looking to slim down water is an excellent tool to flush your system and provide a healthy feeling of fullness.
A full glass of water before a meal will result in less feelings of hunger and allow you to leave the table without overeating.
While there are numerous "fitness" waters on the market that are acceptible to contribute to your water intake on a given day,
the best way to get your water is WATER.
Make sure you read the label of anything you are consuming, because you may unknowingly be putting excess sugars and artificial sweetners into your body.
The average woman should consume a minimum of 8 cups of water daily
The average man should consume a minimum of 12 cups of water daily