So lets talk about hydration within the human body. We are all told to drink plenty of water each day, but not everyone knows why. Here are a few reasons why we need sufficient amounts of water in our diets daily.
Water not only helps transport nutrients around your body within your blood, it is also responsible for the absorption of many vitamins and minerals which play an important part in your health.
Sufficient hydration levels will help decrease your performance while working out. When your body is dehydrated your temperature will rise along with your heart rate making exercise more difficult. It also decreases muscular contraction and mental focus all resulting in a decrease in performance.
Dehydration can affect your overall brain function. It also helps with the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Dehydration for long periods of time can lead to problems with your thought process.
Water is needed for when we sweat, and removal of urine and faeces. A lack of water intake can lead to kidney stones and other kidney related problems. A health problem you do not want to encounter.
Water can help with fat loss, by suppressing your appetite. Also drinking cold water increases your metabolism by the thermogenic effect of heating it for absorption. This will be very minor, but it every little helps.
The more water you drink, the less chance you have of picking up sugar drinks, or drinks higher in calories, which is a massive lead to fat gain.
I hope some of these key points help you understand why drinking at least 2-3 litres of water a day is vital, more if you exercise frequently.
Team ‘On The Go Nutrition’