As the old saying goes, you are what you eat.
In this case, we are what we drink – literally!
Did you know? Water makes up over half of who we are! For instance, if you’re a 200-pound guy, about 120 pounds of you is water! Crazy, huh?!
So if we’re already made up of so much water, why is it so important to drink it all the time?
H20 – The Real MVP
Water does so much more than simply quench our thirst. It provides us with minerals, transports lots of substances throughout our bodies, it lubricates our tissues, regulates our body temperature, even helps us burn calories… the list goes on and on.
Think about how you’ve been feeling lately. Do you suffer from headaches? Are you tired all the time? Now think about how much water you drink everyday. If it doesn’t seem like a lot, increase that water intake and see how much better you feel! It’s nature’s ibuprofen and energy drink – all in one.
Use it and lose it
Even though we may not feel it all the time, our bodies are constantly cycling through water. We might not be actively sweating, but our skin is always losing water through evaporation. During an hour of exercise, we’ll sweat out around 0.5-2.0 liters of water! In hotter temps, that number increases even more.
We also lose water through feces and urine. The average adult needs about 450mL of water a day for simple kidney function. This is an absolute MINIMUM! At that rate, our urine becomes highly concentrated and we risk kidney stones and other problems. Next time you go to the bathroom, check out the color of your urine. The clearer, the better!
How much water should I drink?
This differs for everyone. One way to figure it out is based on your weight. This’ll take some converting:
Find your weight in kilograms. We’ll use a 155-pound person as our example. For every kilogram you weigh, you’ll want to take in 30-40mL of water. So our 70kg person will want to shoot for 2100-2800mL of water a day – a minimum of 2.5 liters.
That doesn’t seem too difficult, right?! Yet, a lot of us struggle to get that water in. Get yourself a giant water bottle to carry around with you all day. Keep refilling it until you hit your goal! If our 155-pound person carried around a 24oz bottle, they’d only have to refill it 3-4 times a day. Easy peasy!
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