Water and Hydration

Water is essential to almost every function in the body.  Are you well hydrated?  Your goal should be to consume half your body weight in ounces of water.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, then you need 75 ounces of water daily.

Here are some interesting facts about water.

  • Water makes up about 60% of our weight. Unlike fat, your body can’t store water, so you need to replenish it often.
  • Water consumption is especially important during weight loss because it helps remove toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells. By staying well hydrated, your organs and systems can function properly.
  • Water acts as the vehicle or solvent that moves nutrients, hormones, antibodies and oxygen through your bloodstream and lymphatic system. It also removes waste, allows the kidneys the ability to filter and eliminate metabolic byproducts and toxins.  So if you don’t drink enough your body is essentially recycling dirty water, and thus decreasing the efficiency of every metabolic function in the body.
  • We actually lose almost 10- 12 cups of water each day through perspiration, urine, bowel movements and breathing, etc. If you are not taking in enough water to replenish these losses, then you will become dehydrated rather quickly.
  • The only thing that can totally re-hydrate cells is water. You can survive on colas, soft drinks, and iced tea, but they will not rehydrate cells the way water will.

Many decide to increase their water intake but few stick with it.  During the first few day of drinking more water than your body is accustomed to, you’re running to the bathroom constantly.  It seems that the water is coming out just as fast as it’s going in, and many people decide that their new hydration habit is fruitless.  Have courage!  What is really happening is that your body is flushing itself of the water it has been storing throughout all those years of “survival mode”. It takes a while but this is a great thing happening to you.  As you continue to give your body all the water it could ask for, it gets rid of what it doesn’t need.  It gets rid of the water it was holding onto in your ankles and your hips and thighs, maybe even around your belly!  You are excreting much more than you realize.  Your body figures it doesn’t need to save these stores anymore; it’s trusting that the water will keep coming, and if it does, eventually, the flushing will cease, allowing the human to return to a normal life. This is called the “breakthrough point”.

Regular water consumption is a basic necessity for a healthy well balanced diet and lifestyle.  Water is a great healthy habit to add to your day as you move forward on your journey to a healthier life!