Welcome back to 7 Weeks to Build a Stronger Body! We are in the 3rd week now and hopefully you have figured out your why and identified some attitudes about food you want to adjust. This week is all about drinking enough water.
Your Body is Mostly Water
Have you heard the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, that’s not really true. Actually we should say, “You are what you drink.”
Did you know that your body is roughly 70% water? That’s a lot of water. Interestingly, the earth is also about 70% water and 30% land. Check out a globe (or Google Earth) and look at all that blue! If you center the globe on the Pacific Ocean you can almost position it to where you can hardly see any land at all. We can’t see the water in our body represented like that, but using the earth as an analogy you can get a better picture of just how much water your body needs to keep working hard for you.
Water is Essential
Your body is using and losing water all the time, even if you aren’t sweating. Water is essential to pretty much every function and chemical reaction taking place in your body, so it is vital to keep replacing it.
For example, you’ve got to have adequate water intake for your kidneys to function properly and for your food to digest easily.
Also, over half of your blood volume consists of water. Your blood is responsible for bringing all the good stuff to your cells and whisking away some of the waste. It impacts every other area of your body.
Water is necessary for flushing toxins and waste from your body. Just think how difficult it would be to clean your car or your shower without using any water. Your body is no different. It takes lots of water to keep it clean and unclogged.
I could go on, but you get the idea. Water is super important to keeping every aspect of your body strong.
The Danger of Dehydration
It’s possible you are slightly dehydrated and don’t even know it. Your body may be screaming at you, “I need a glass of water!” but you’re misinterpreting the signs. You are especially at risk if you tend to drink more coffee or sodas than glasses of water.
Even very mild dehydration can negatively impact your mood and energy. Your body has to work harder to perform everyday functions that go on constantly without your awareness, so there is less energy available to do to the things you do think about consciously.
A loss of fluid in your body results in a corresponding drop in blood volume (remember your blood is mostly made up of water). When your blood volume decreases, you may experience reduced oxygen flow to your brain. And that’s never a good thing!
More Water Leads to More Weight Loss
When you don’t drink enough water, your metabolism slows down. You will burn fewer calories which means the extra energy you aren’t using up is more likely to get stored as fat.
When you do drink a sufficient amount of water, you are much less likely to overeat. Drinking plenty of water helps you feel full.
In fact, the brain isn’t always accurate when it comes to distinguishing between hunger and thirst. Sometimes when you feel like snacking, your body is actually trying to tell you grab a glass of water (not those chips!).
Combine these factors together and drinking enough water can be an important part of maintaining a healthy body weight.
Are you drinking enough water?
If you’re feeling thirsty, you may already be dehydrated. Usually, you get thirsty when your body has lost 1-2% of entire body’s water content. Losing greater than 5% of your overall water content is considered being severely dehydrated, so there’s not a huge margin between being a little dehydrated and being severely dehydrated.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. Drink water whether you think you are thirsty or not. Your body will thank you for it!
Do you have any of these common signs of dehydration?
- Cravings (especially sweets)
- Dry mouth
- Increased pulse
So how about you, are you drinking enough water?
Do you want to drink more?
Now that you understand the importance of being diligent about drinking enough water, join us in the next post to get some practical tips on how to make it happen!
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Next post in this series:
Week Three: Hydrate Frequently
Part 2: Easy Ways to Drink More Water