Every system of your body relies on water to function and it makes up 60 % of your body weight. Water’s main function is to keep toxins out of your organs, help deliver nutrients to your cells and keep your mouth and throat moist. An interesting fact that helps to understand the importance of water is that a person can go 30 days without food but they can only survive for 7 days without water.
There is always a big debate behind how much water you should be drinking. A great rule of thumb is the 8 x 8 rule. Make sure you are drinking 8, 8 oz glasses of water each day. Another good rule is to monitor your pee (Eww! Gross but true!). The clearer your urine the more hydrated you are. So check it out!
Hydration is a key way to keep your body working properly.
Proper intake of water is a key part of loosing weight. Water keeps your metabolisms working and aids you in the recovery of a great Hi2T class! Having the proper amount of water in your diet can help control your appetite and energy levels. A major cause of afternoon fatigue is being dehydrated. So next time you are feeling a little low around 3 pm, grab a glass of water instead of a cookie.
Also, if you are exercising, make sure that you are drinking a little extra water to make up for the extra movement and sweat. You should drink water before, during and after exercise if you can. If you are sweating excessively for more than an hour, you may want to add in a sports drink to replace the sodium you lost through your sweat. The same rules apply for hot, humid weather. If you are sweating a little more than usual, add some extra water in. We actually need more water living at altitude. We all know first hand how dry it is in the mountains.
Water is important for all organs but especially your skin. It helps keep your skin hydrated on the surface. It also aids all the cells below the skin to function so your skin has a healthy glow.
Water is really the key ingredient to keeping your body healthy and functioning. Water works in many ways, from keeping your skin moist, to helping you stay alert, and all the way to flushing toxins out of the body. Challenge yourself to see if you can add in an extra glass each day and see how you feel.
-The Hi2T Squad