Don't Skip Out On WATER!!!
Updated: Jul 5, 2019
Hydration is a huge piece of living a healthy lifestyle. Your body is largely made up of water (you hopefully already know this). It has a plethora of functions in the body such as: regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, eliminating toxins, producing digestive enzymes, vital for organs and skin (largest organ in the body), and helps to absorb vitamins and minerals. Not drinking enough water means that your body is going to have a harder time digesting your food and absorbing minerals, your skin will be dry, and overall the body just has to work harder to do your daily functions. This can paralyze your effectiveness at accomplishing fitness and body composition goals regardless of having a good food diet or going all in on an exercise program.
Signs of dehydration are: thirst (that one’s hopefully obvious), hunger, feeling tired, dry skin, dark colored urine, headache, and more
With water regulating so many things, the body has more ways than thirst to tell you that you need to drink more. Another way not mentioned above is unexplained hunger. Yes, hunger…. If you eat a meal and are hungry shortly after then there are 2 main possibilities:
1. Your meal raised your blood sugar and you are experiencing a drop in blood sugar
2. You are dehydrated.
The brain can’t differentiate the difference between the signals for hunger and dehydration. Therefore, sometimes when we are feeling hungry we should actually just reach for a glass of water.
A good strategy to figure out what your body wants is: drink 8 ounces of water when feeling hungry and wait 30 minutes. If you are still hungry after 30 minutes, then you probably do need some food. Many times the water will take care of the feeling of hunger. If you were truly hungry the feeling of hunger would stick around. Don’t be fooled by false hunger!!
Another good strategy to prevent the above from happening in the first place is: start your day with 8-20 ounces of water first thing out of bed and start every meal with 8 ounces of water.
This is an easy action to take that can improve your quality of life significantly. Proper hydration can stop unnecessary eating, balance energy levels, and help you digest your food better. Better food digestion leads to better use of your nutrients that the body can use to then lose fat or improve your fitness performance.
Now go drink some water!!!