It doesn't matter if you are a serious athlete or a recreational exerciser- it is extremely important to make sure that you are getting the correct amount of water before, during and after your exercise session. Here are the top 5 tips to why water should be consumed.
1. Water helps maintain your body temperature
Through sweating, water prevents overheating when the outside temperature is high. Once we begin to sweat, the evaporation of water from the skin surface cools the body very efficiently. Without this mechanism, our temperature would rise during hot weather, exercise and fever. To be able to maintain stable temperature it is important to sweat and particularly, to allow sweat to evaporate. The only way to rehydrate is to replace the sweat lost by drinking water or electrolytes.
2. Drinking water keeps you young
Water is essential for your skin. If you don't drink enough water, you will suffer from dry skin and most likely be using creams more than you really need. Although there is nothing wrong with those alternatives - it isn't actually getting to the core of the problem, rather masking it. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moisturised and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Water helps decrease fluid retention
Water helps your liver convert fat into energy. If you don't drink enough water, your kidneys will become overwhelmed with concentrated fluids, which will lead to your liver being over worked. Your liver works hard to turn your food into the energy that you use, but if it has to do the kidneys work as well it will hold onto the extra fat that would have been burned off if you had simply had enough water in the first place.
4. Improve Brain Function
Fluid intake and brain function are linked together. A lack of water to the brain can cause a number of problems including brain fatigue and brain fog. The brain is one of the most important organs in your body so make sure you keep it fuelled. The Brain is approximately 85% water and brain function depends on having access to water at all times. Brain cells need two times more energy than any other cells in your body - water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.
5. Water helps you train more efficiently
Your body is about 65% of water. Without it, you can only survive a few days. Dehydration makes your blood thicker, increases your heart rate and decreases the amount of blood that your heart pumps with one beat, causing your blood pressure to fall. With thicker blood you will carry less oxygen with every heartbeat, which then carries less oxygen to the brain and muscles. Therefor even a mild case of dehydration can bring on changes to your mood and declined concentration and alertness- which we know you need to have during an exercise session.
In conclusion; when your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water you will be able to think faster, be more focused, train harder and more efficient and experience greater clarity and creativity in your everyday activities. You will also feel stronger and fitter and be able to lift heavier and run faster. Always keep a bottle of water with you either at your desk, in your handbag/backpack and ESPECIALLY with you during an exercise session.
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