How much water do YOU drink?
Written by Melissa Hurley for www.CrossFitInvictus.com
How much water do YOU drink? If you don’t know, it’s probably not enough. If you are making a guess, it’s probably not accurate. If you are not drinking enough water, your nutrition plan and fitness program will, without question, be much less effective in transforming your body than if you were drinking enough.
I was very surprised at how many people have been in and out of the gym without their water bottle. Mine seems to be attached at my hip – a 64oz bottle to be exact! We have some good news, if you are in need of a water bottle – the new Invictus bottles are in stock!
When you stop to think about it, water constitutes 65% to 70% of the human body. A person can abstain from food for months (why would you even want to do that), but can only last a couple of days without water and only 6 minutes without oxygen.
In the diet, water is a very important component in losing fat and keeping it off. You heard that right!
Did you know…..
1. Fat Metabolism
Water is not only a natural appetite suppressant, but it actually helps the body metabolize stored fat. When the body does not have a good supply of water to draw from to perform required physiological tasks, it will draw water from inside the bodies cells, including fat cells, in order to perform the desired tasks. Any fat stores in the body that are drawn on for water, are less likely to be mobilized and burned off as energy, resulting in increased fat stores over time if you were to remain in a constantly dehydrated state. Water is the key to ridding the body of fat through increased metabolic function. Drink up and rev up that metabolism.
2. Constipation Can Occur
When the body receives too little water, it will rob what it needs from other sources (primarily the glands). The colon is one primary source, hence constipation. It’s a rough day when back up builds up. Pure water will eliminate many impurities and toxins from the body through the urine and the stool. A normal amount of water will decrease the likelihood of colon cancer, breast cancer and bladder cancer by 70%!
3. Muscle Tone
Water maintains proper muscle tone by giving muscles their ability to contract. Water delivers oxygen to the muscles and helps the body perform more efficiently.
4. Healthy Skin
Water, along with the essential fats and minerals, prevents sagging skin and returns health and resiliency. Age and genetics will happen of course, but I’m a firm believer you can combat these two, delaying the onset with a healthy lifestyle.
5. Provides Energy
Water is an instant energy pick-me-up. Dehydration leads to fatigue because it impacts the flow of oxygen to the brain and causes your heart to work harder to pump oxygen to all of your bodily organs.