How much water should I be drinking? That is a question I get very often from clients. There is no right answer for every one. The thing I like to say is whatever you’re drinking, it’s probably not enough.
1. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
2. Fluid balance. Our bodies are made up of 60% water so just make sense to be replenishing that supply
3. Water helps circulate nutrients. It is our body’s transportation system, when we are dehydrated our bodies don’t operate as well.
4. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
5. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
When you initially increase your water intake, the most noticeable side effect is that you’ll be using the bathroom more often. This may deter some. But if you commit to drinking more water, your body will start to crave water and actually feel thirsty which it may have not before. Basically, you have to be patient with the return on investment with increased water intake. Other known side effects for increased water are increased energy, clear skin, less aches and pains (especially during intense workouts) regularity and the list can go on and on.
Some tips to increase water intake would be to sip on it throughout the day, count other beverages such as black coffee, tea, sparkling water and other calorie free beverages into your total water count, portion out your day in half or quarters and record how much you should drink and by when. There are tons of free apps, special water bottles that count your ounces and lots if others support systems to ensure you are properly hydrated.
What are your tips and tricks for getting your water in?
Steeping in Hydration,