Are you hydrated??
We have all heard that drinking enough water is important, but do you know how it can affect your health and fitness? We put together a few major health impacts that this amazing liquid has on your body!
Water plays a big role in our health as it works in every major system in our body. Studies have shown that dehydration can affect cognitive function and alertness in certain individuals, this is very important for older and younger individuals as it often goes unnoticed. Water is extremely important for our digestive system, it helps breakdown food for nutrient absorption, it softens stool which prevents constipation, and water helps flush bacteria from the bladder aiding to prevent infections. Proper water intake will help reduce water retention (fluid buildup/edema) and keep a youthful appearance by keeping your skin hydrated and glowing.
Water can reduce joint pain, in conjunction with synovial fluid, water acts as a lubricant to reduce friction between our bones, and therefore lack of water can make joints feel stiff and achy. Water is very important in the process of energy transformation, if a person has not consumed enough water prior and during exercise it is common to experience cramping as well as feeling tired and lethargic. Dehydration will not only affect your performance physically but mentally as well. It has shown to increase fat storage in the body (weight gain). Here are some symptoms of dehydration for you to watch out for: Dark urine (deep yellow or amber), dizziness, headache, fatigue, dry/shriveled skin, blurred vision, increased thirst, muscle cramps and lack of sweat.
Proper water consumption can help your body metabolize stored fat effectively, and suppress your appetite which can lead to an increase in weight loss. Yes, please!
There is no specific recommendation for water intake, factors to take in consideration are your health, physical activity level and climate. In general, experts say to drink at least eight (8oz) glasses of water per day. Drinking enough water can be a huge step into a healthier life style, Drink up!