Hydration, What is the big deal?
All of the bodies systems require water to function in some way. Dehydration of only 1% of the total body weight and problems start to show up.
At 2,3 and 4 percent water loss and serious health issues can take place.
Here are some of the things that proper hydration can help or affect if not adequate:
- Muscle tone and Muscle function
- Cell function
- Skin tone and skin health
- Breathing and lung functions (Even Asthma attack reduction)
- Weight regulation
- Body waste elimination and constipation
- Kidney Function
- Pregnancy and Lactation
- Even Sex
Water is the best and lowest calorie drink we can consume.
The older we get the less hydrated our body is!
This results in more water needed. Sodas not only contribute to weight gain through the sugars but the caffeine also is a diuretic so we lose more water! It is a proven fact that a bigger body is less hydrated.
The older we get the less the body desires water. The body needs to be taught to drink water. PERIOD!
You will hear Doctors advising HYDRATE more as you get older!
Coffee is a diuretic that promotes dehydration.
Some medical studies suggest that good pure water goes to the blood and body faster than if mixed in juices or food.
So the old statement of Water Retention being the cause of weight gain is probably false!
Proper Hydration Formula
Divide your body weight in 2 and that would the minimum amount of water in ounces to get the proper amount of water intake for hydration. If you are doing any strenuous work or exercise you need to add at least 8 ounces per hour of exercise or strenuous activity.
An example would be that if you weigh 150 pounds, your water intake should be 75 ounces or about 10 glasses of 8 ounces each.