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Mar 23, 2018
Water isn’t just important to stay hydrated – water intake plays a massive role in a wide variety of bodily functions, and is one of the keys to living a healthy life.
Below is a great article by Ben Warren (one of NZ’s leading nutritionists and holistic health experts) on the importance of water to our bodies.
Our body is made up of 60% water, so making sure that you are getting optimal amounts of water is essential for feeling good with optimal health and energy.
Water transports nutrients throughout the body, aids in digestion, regulates temperature, facilitates all pathways of detoxification, protects our joints, promotes healthy bowel movements, improves mental concentration and relieves fatigue.
Because the body cannot store water (as what we have we excrete through urine and sweat), we must constantly provide and supply our bodies with water to maintain its many functioning systems.
Water contains zero energy in a caloric sense, however it is considered a nutrient as it comprises between 50 – 75% of our body’s composition.
Acting as a cooling agent for our body, water is also essential for all major bodily functions, such as:
Contrary to popular belief, simply drinking water when you are thirsty is not good advice when it comes to properly hydrating the body. When the thirst mechanism activates, it is usually a sign the body is already under hydrated (and possibly headed toward dehydration). At this point, the body has to catch up to function properly.
How much water you need to drink on top of your current level will depend on many things like activity level, body weight and the amount of sleep you had the night before. Fatigue can cause you to dehydrate more quickly.
As a general rule, aim for 2-3 litres per day. Include an extra glass for every caffeinated beverage you consume and an extra 500ml- 1L for every hour of moderate-high intensity exercise. For a more precise formula, read my blog on the importance of hydration.
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