With summer officially upon us, we all know we need to drink water. That’s a no brainer. But there’s more to it than just knowing this key fact.
To get you jump started, here are a few critical essentials of waters impact on your body:
Water is one of the most important substances that impacts health.
From time to time my clients ask me the many important consumption aspects of water. Such as:
At times it can be daunting to think about the many areas of water consumption. But let’s take it slowly and contemplate the first few questions.
Does drinking water with a meal affect your body’s ability to digest food properly?
It has been told that drinking water with a meal will dilute stomach acidity, but this has been proven to be a myth.
It was once believed that the dilution of our stomach acidity inhibits the body’s ability to breakdown foods, especially proteins (which can lead to a long list of health issues). But in reality, water does not significantly affect our digestive juices, thus water will not interfere with digestion.
It has been shown that when water is consumed before meals it stimulates the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the involuntary contraction and relaxation of muscles that moves food through the digestive system (called peristalsis).
In addition, research shows that drinking water can boots your metabolism for up to one hour after being consumed. And that drinking water will help balance weight!
How about water’s impact on health issues?
Many health conditions can be effectively eliminated with the incorporation of more water into your daily regimen.
Areas such as, arthritis, chronic pain, heartburn, muscle injuries, high blood pressure, and irritable bowel issues, just to name a few. It can be shocking to think about it, but it all makes complete sense. Just look how your body is impacted by water:
So, how much water should you consume?
As mentioned above, with roughly 60% of your body being comprised of water, your age, gender and health status have a great impact on how much water your body needs. In addition, your exercise routine and intensity, environmental conditions (cold weather, hot and humid weather and altitude), and your sweat rate are also key factors in your fluid equation.
In general, when considering an average individual’s day, the rule of thumb for adults is to consume a little more than half your body weight in ounces. For a 175-pound male that means he should be consuming about 88 ounces per day. However, this number is by no means set in stone. If you are like me and have a solid exercise routine, live in hot temperatures this time of year and are constantly active, your fluid intake amount will most likely be higher.
The challenge sometimes isn’t knowing that you should drink more water, but is in the act of doing it.
Here are a few of my favorites to help you incorporate more water into your daily routine:
Start with one of these above tips and give it a shot for a few days, watching your water intake increase. And don't forget your electrolytes!
In what ways do you enjoy drinking water throughout the day?
I’d be thrilled to hear it!
Share a tip with me below or on my Acceleration Sports Facebook Page of what works best for you or what you are going to give a try.
Cheers to a properly hydrated summer!
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Hello, my name is Stacy Peterson, Functional Nutritionist and Holistic Health, Wellness and Strength & Conditioning Coach with a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals around the globe.
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