Why hydration is key to good health

Why hydration is key to good health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to dieting and training, water can be the most overlooked component of any program… Or at least it was when I first started training. I remember days of going to school and not have an ounce of water until walking in the door at home where I’d guzzle a couple of classes and be good to go for the afternoon. It wasn’t until competing in my first Bodybuilding event the I started to realise the benefits that drinking water would have on my physique, energy levels and overall wellbeing.
So, what’s the big fuss anyway? Below I have outline some of the many benefits you will receive from keeping properly hydrated…

Water Promotes weight loss



Being hydrated can help to burn stubborn body fat. Its been shown that drinking water throughout the day can Increase the number of calories you burn at rest. It’s also a great way to consume fewer liquid calories by replacing sugary beverages with water. If you were someone who drinks a cann of Coke each day, replacing it with a glass of water would reduce you daily caloric intake by 160 calories. Over the course of a week this equates to over 1100 calories and a reduction of roughly 70 teaspoons of sugar each week!

Improves mood and energy

One study looking at the relationship between total water intake and mood found that those consuming greater amounts of water had more favourable mood states. Relationships with fatigue, anger and depression suggested that those not drinking enough water each day had a greater likelihood of these conditions. Having more energy allows us to train harder and more efficiently too – so if you want to perform at your best, drink up!

Water keeps you healthy

Water aids in digestion, circulation and helps to absorb important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from food. Being able to utilise these means there are greater chances of you staying healthy. Not getting enough water has been shown to degrease cognitive function, short term memory and visual perceptions.

Improves Skin

Our skin is an organ which is made up of cells. Skin cells, like all other cells in our body are largely made up of water. Water alone won’t reduce the effects of aging, but getting sufficient amounts of water will keep your skin hydrated. When your skin is hydrated it will appear less cracked and dry. And become less prone to wrinkles in the long run.

Bottom line

As humans we are largely made up of water. Dehydration comes with many side effects such as highly concentrated urination, dry mouth, constipation, tiredness, and headaches just to name a few. Pay attention to your body, if you experience any of these symptoms be sure to get hydrated as soon as possible. For those of you that forget to drink water, try a couple of classes first thing in the morning to give you a head start and keep a bottle on hand during the day.

Thanks for reading,

 



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