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THE TRUTH AROUND WATER CONSUMPTION

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Simply Put...Drink More Water!

It’s imperative to understand that chronic dehydration plays a profound negative role in the state of our health. It is literally impossible for our bodies to function properly without adequate hydration. Water intake is crucial to the digestive process and also allows the body to dispose of toxins, waste and impurities. 


We can obtain water directly though drinking filtered water, various fluids and eating high water volume foods. The reality is that most consume dried packaged foods and over-cooked foods in abundance...so less water is available to cells and over time the body fall into a state of drought.
Coffee and caffeinated teas function as diuretics. They actually contribute to a chronic state of dehydration. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver and substantial amounts of water can be lost depending on the amount of alcohol ingested. The aftermath and symptoms of a ‘hangover’ for example, especially the morning headache, are caused almost exclusively by water loss.

 

The reality is that most consume dried packaged foods and over-cooked foods in abundance...so less water is available to cells and over time the body fall into a state of drought.


Most of us feel hungry yet we are really thirsty!


Hydration is essential to the excretion of all waste; therefore our intake of water must be, in the very least, equivalent to what we lose through daily output. Water is excreted through respiration, sweating, urine and in feces. 


Few people consume enough water through food and liquids to compensate for what they lose, so many of us are chronically dehydrated. This interrupts the body’s energy activities, delays excretion and waste and recovery and encourages a reduction in thermogenesis (fat burning). The net effect is that we feel heavy, sluggish, bloated and miserable. 

 

The net effect is that we feel heavy, sluggish, bloated and miserable. 


Simply Put: The solution to pollution is dilution.
Drink water between meals and sip on it throughout the day at your desk and while driving or exercising. Drinking directly from a cup forces the simultaneous consumption of air and as a result some people experience gas and bloating. This can be avoided by using a straw. Invest in a water station; it will save your life!


The recommended intake of clean filtered water as an ideal is 30 ml (1 ounce) per kilogram of lean mass (not total body weight) per day, plus an additional 1-2 litres to compensate for elevated body temperature and any lost fluids caused by sweating due to physical labor, sports and workouts. 
Drinking sufficient H20 will keep your body well hydrated, reduce fatigue and help prevent injuries during sport and in the gym. Best of all it assists in the process of shedding fat!


Simply Put: Drink at least 2 litres of filtered water each day.


If you perspire heavily because of a very hot climate or exercise, drink an extra liter each day. Don’t be.

 

About Tracy Holly

Tracy Holly is the Executive Director of the Cory Holly Institute and a CSNA (Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor) Master. She is the author of several books, including The Athlete’s Cookbook and Sports Nutrition for Kids, and writes for several national health magazines. Visit www.coryholly.com