DRINK DRINK DRINK!
Come on everyone summer is on its way and its getting hotter each day. One important thing we need to remind ourselves is to drink enough water. DRINK, DRINK AND DRINK. We need to be keeping our bodies hydrated and refreshed. On average you should be drinking 2 litres of water a day. I drink so much throughout these hot months!
I have just been on holiday to Menorca and was drinking at least 3 litres of water a day if not more. I walked and swam literally every day and needed to keep hydrated especially as it was about 30 degrees out there. Water is one of the most important things we can nourish our bodies with, seen as we are 60% water anyway it’s probably a good idea. Drinking enough water will help to improve your training goals and helps your bodily functions daily.
Water is a transporter, distributing essential nutrients to cells, such as minerals, vitamins and glucose. Water removes waste products including toxins that the organs’ cells reject, and removes them through urine and faeces. Water has a large heat capacity which helps limit changes in body temperature in a warm or a cold environment. Water allows the body to release heat when the temperature is higher than body temperature. The body begins to sweat, and the evaporation of water from the skin surface cools the body. Water is an effective lubricant around joints and acts as a shock absorber for the eyes, brain, spinal cord and even for the foetus.
Why to drink water?
Lose weight- For all of you who need some help on how to shift a few more pounds then I say drink more water. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are just genuinely thirsty. Our body will send us an alarm as if we were hungry when actually we probably just need more water.
Prevents headaches- Next time your head hurts try drinking water. Headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking enough water can prevent or decrease that nasty head pain.
Absorbs- Water absorbs all different sorts of nutrients in the body. When absorbed it transports them throughout our digestive system.
Perform better- Hydration increases our athletic performance. The more water that is inside our muscle cells the better they will function and will help increase in strength and size over time.
Metabolism- in a dehydrated body the liver has to work in overdrive-mode and their function is inefficient. If the liver cant metabolise fat effectively enough it can lead to weight gain. Essentially slowing your metabolic rate down and the whole system will become sluggish.
What happens if you don’t drink enough water?
Your body temperature rises, also the extra heat is lost through sweating evaporation of water from your skin’s surfaces, this happens during exercise. If the fluid that is lost through sweating is not replaced then there will be a risk of dehydration.
The Symptoms are:
Increase in thirst, Dry mouth and swollen tongue, Weakness, Dizziness, Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or Pounding) Confusion and Fainting.
Effects on sports performance
When being dehydrated it can reduce strength, power and capacity. Dehydration may be fatal as it can cause heatstroke.
The dehydration symptoms are lack of energy, shortness of breath, headache, and nausea.
If you’re the sort of person who doesn't like plain old water then here are some tips that I use to keep my water fun and tasty. These waters can also help to detoxify your body.