Water is life.
Most people know that water is crucial to well-being, but it seems to be an abstract knowing. Many folks don’t know why they need to drink water. “Drink more water!” is not just a health and fitness platitude, it is absolutely crucial to your survival. It is a biological requirement. It is essential to your well-being.
Water is used in all of your cells, your organs, and your tissues to maintain your life. Just a few days with out water is lethal. It is the key ingredient to almost all of your body’s functions. Water supports optimal muscle recruitment, a healthy metabolism, healthy brain function; water helps your skin glow, helps prevent constipation, and water helps your kidneys flush toxins.*
(*If you’ve been considering a cleans or detox lately, try the 30 day water challenge. All you have to do is replace your usual beverages (coffee, soda, wine) with water, plus drink water throughout the day. Continue eating and as you do. No depriving yourself of food or magic elixirs to buy; just drink water throughout the day and eliminate all other beverages for 30 days. To quote our friend Dr. Ren Bedell ND, L.Ac. at MARAacupunture, an integrative medical practice here in Bend— “Water is the magic pill…” )
Bottom line, water is an absolute requirement not just for well-being and weight loss, but to keep your body alive! For a concise but more thorough discussion on water, read this.
New knowledge shows that the old “drink 8 glasses of water a day” suggestion was not rooted in science and just became one of those health and fitness myths past on over the years.
Current water recommendations are 3 liters per day for men (101.4 oz. or 13 cups) and 2.2 liters each day for women (74.4 oz or 9 cups).
Of course these are only suggestions. Your level of activity, stress, travel, and the weather will effect your water needs, daily. Drink accordingly.
Actionable Steps to “Drink More Water
- Start each day with water. As soon as you get out of bed, drink 1 glass of water. Start your morning routine and 10 minutes later, drink a second glass of water. Continue drinking water throughout the day. Some people find that drinking a glass before meals is a useful habit. Others have found setting a reminder on their phone to drink water helps them, while others prefer to sip on water throughout the day. Find what works best for you and stick to it.
- Be well hydrated for your training session. Be conscious of your water consumption on training day (or before a run and other activities). Increase your water intake slightly on these days. To learn how much ‘slightly’ is, will require your personal experimentation. Start with an additional 10 ounces. If you train early in the morning, drink more water the afternoon/ evening before. Coming into the studio and chugging water in order to hydrate minutes before your session is null. Keep in mind that as summer’s temperatures increase, you will need to drink more water as you’re expelling more fluid than usual through sweat, etc.
- Some people have uttered the inconceivable words: “… but I don’t like the taste of water…” Firstly, understanding that it does not matter if you enjoy it, because without it you will die is important. But we are compassionate people committed to helping others achieve optimized well-being so we have a recommendation for you who don’t love the tasteless taste of nature’s perfect nutrient— infuse your water with fruits, veggies, or herbs. Ideally, use organic fruits, veggies, and herbs. Wash throughly before using.
- Prepare fruit, veggies, herbs
- Place in pitcher, cover with water
- Let sit in fridge for 12 hours
- Dispose of fruit, veggie, herbs after
A few combinations to try, the possibilities are endless:
- lemon + rosemary + cucumber
- lemon + ginger
- lime + cilantro
- blueberries + orange
- strawberries + lemon + mint
- raspberries + basil + cucumbers
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
-Loren Eiseley -anthropologist (1907-1977)