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Water is Essential
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Lack of water is the # 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
The human blood is 83% water, muscle is 75% water, liver is 96% water, bones are 22% water, and the brain is composed of approximately 93% water.
When we were born, we were about 98% water, when we reach adulthood we are anywhere from 55%-75% water.
Water is not only essential for life but in your quest for losing body fat, building muscle, and keeping healthy, it is crucial. Water is crucial to the proper functioning of every major system in your body. We lose about a liter of water per day just through our daily activities. If you’re not getting enough water, your body will not be metabolizing fat or digesting food as efficiently. Drinking enough water allows fat and calories to burn effectively, rid the body of toxins and waste efficiently and improves metabolism.
Water is also important in controlling hunger. When your body does not have enough water or it is dehydrated, it will send a signal to your brain to eat. Watch out, because your body is really asking for water. This can be controlled if you’re drinking enough water. Become self-aware of your water needs and drink enough, throughout the day, before your body tells you that you need it.
Some benefits of water are that it has zero calories, it helps protect and lubricate your joints, and it helps head off wrinkles because water promotes elasticity in skin. Water also helps prevent kidney stones, helps cure hangover symptoms, and helps prevent urinary tract problems.
Some steps that will help ensure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day.
1. Have a glass of water by your bed before you go to bed. When you wake up, drink the
2. Bring a water bottle everywhere you go and make sure you at the least drink 8 ounces
each hour. An easy way to figure this out is to drink a 20 ounce bottle of water every 2-3
3. Drink a glass of water before and after each meal. It will help control your appetite by
drinking it 15-30 minutes before your meal. Another great benefit to drinking water
before and after each meal is that it will help in the digestion process.
Make an effort to drink more water and you will begin to notice a difference in how you feel throughout the day.
How much water should you be drinking? It is a general rule to drink half of your body weight in ounces. An example would be if you weigh 150, you will need to drink at least 75 ounces in water. If you are exercising, your body may need more than this. The color of your urine is a good indication if you need to drink more water or not. If your urine is clear, this means you are hydrated. If your urine is dark, this means you need to drink more water.
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