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The importance of drinking water

Andres Castro By Andres Castro | April 18, 2013 | United States

The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on the body size. This means that 2/3 of the body consists of it, being water the main component of human body. Our tissues and organs are also mainly made up of this element.

 

The functions of water in human body are vital.

  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells

  • Helps with metabolism

  • Protects our vital organ

  • Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better

  • Regulates body temperature

  • Detoxifies

  • Protects our joints

Whether you’re a serious athlete or recreational exerciser, it’s important to make sure you get the right amount of water before, during and after exercising. Water regulates your body temperature, lubricates joints and helps transport nutrients for energy and health. If you’re not properly hydrated, your body will be unable to perform at its highest level, and you may experience fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness or more serious symptoms.

This are some of the benefits of drinking water :

  1. Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories

  2. Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.

  3. Look Younger with Healthier Skin:You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated.

  4. Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, plus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.

  5. Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises.

  6. Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion.

  7. Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.

  8. Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.

The American Council on Fitness has suggested the following basic water intake guidelines for people doing moderate- to high-intensity exercise:

  • Drink 500 to 600 ml of water 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising

  • Drink 250 ml of water 20 to 30 minutes before you start exercising or during your warm-up

  • Drink 200 to 300 ml of water every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise

  • Drink 250 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise


 

 


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