At Wake Nutrition we like to drink water, lots of water! Since school, we have all been told that we need to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, but is this right, do you know if you drink enough and why should you drink more water? Read on to find out why you should if you are keen to work out well, achieve your goals in the gym and at work and also stay feeling sharp:
1. You are made of water
Water is essential to the health and smooth running of your brain (85% water), blood (80% water) and muscles (70% water). When you take food on board the body breaks down your food and transports the nutrients around the body via the blood. Water is the vital ingredient that allows this to happen. Water is also needed by each and every part of your body in order to conduct chemical reactions and absorb the nutrients sent to them.
2. Proper hydration prevents brain fog
If you feel sleepy and lacking energy then don’t immediately reach for a bar of chocolate to boost your mood. Instead, why not gulp down some water as it is the number 1 trigger of daytime sleepiness. The reason for this is because of waters vital role in so many bodily functions. When there is a drop in water availability in the body (even by as little as 2%), brain fog, fuzzy memory, math difficulty and a lack of concentration all follow.
3. Stay cool
If you work out regularly, especially in the heat, then you know how important sweat is to keeping you cool and allowing you to keep pushing hard. Water is the essential element that allows us all to sweat and as a result it is what helps to regulate our internal cooling system. Drink before, during and after your workout to ensure your body absorbs what it needs to stay cool and working well.
First of all, it is really important to remember that everyone is different, with different requirements and water needs. So, throw the rule about drinking 8 cups of water out the window. Yes it is great for some people, but it can be misleading for others. A better measurement is that you should drink at least half of your body weight of water (in ounces) every day. Stick to this, or even more for the best results.