Water is often an over-looked and critical aspect of a healthy lifestyle, regardless of age, activity level or health. Two-thirds of the human body is made up of water; as a result it is natural for the human body to need refueling and regeneration through water. Adequate water consumption ensures lubricated joints, regulated body temperature and good metabolism. It is generally recommended by health professionals that the average adult to drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. Some individuals require more water, those who exercise a good deal, those with medical conditions, women nursing or breastfeeding and individuals trying to lose weight.
The Livestrong Foundation recommends water as a central aspect of any weight loss plan. On their website they cite a study from the University of Washington that found one 8-oz glass of water was effective in reducing hunger pangs by 98%. Also cited is a 2003 study originally published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in which it was found that 16-oz of water increased metabolism in study subjects by 30%. It was the conclusion of the head researcher, Michael Boschmann, and his team that this increase in metabolism was due in large part to the body’s work in warming the water to body temperature.
Those interested in weight loss may also be increasing their activity level this summer. Good hydration is especially important to active individuals. For every 20 minutes of exercise the body needs around 8-oz of water. Dehydration is a serious and common ailment amongst athletes. In order to prevent dehydration, sipping water before exercise, during and afterward is crucial. To monitor for dehydration, WebMD recommends one look for little urine, or distinctly darker urine, dry mouth, sleepiness or fatigue, thirst, headache, confusion, dizziness, and lack of tears.
Some look toward sports drinks for extra hydration or replenishment post-workout. However, these drinks are often filled with high fructose corn syrup, sugar and caffeine. Some in the wellness industry feel that these chemical-filled drinks may actually inhibit the body’s ability to properly absorb the fluid. Mother Nature offers her own replenishing drink in coconut water. It has been found to be high in naturally occurring electrolytes, naturally sweetened and contains potassium as well. Munching on a quick banana along side a tall glass of water often provides a sufficient nutrient boost for most athletes. Even chocolate milk is better for replenishing the body after a hard workout than most sports drinks. While high in sugar, low-fat chocolate milk offers a protein burst and serves as an excellent, more pure recovery drink than many commercially marketed. However all experts agree, pure unadulterated water is the best way to hydrate your body on a consistent basis.
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