We all know that our bodies are made up mostly of water. Consuming enough water daily plays a vital part in our overall health and as an added bonus water does not contain calories, fat, sugar or carbs lol.
Some may ask next, well “How much water should one consume?”
Some experts recommend drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day to maintain good health. In talking to most trainers and people in the fitness industry they recommend about a gallon of water a day.
How do you know if you are getting enough water?
Well you cannot judge by weather or not you are thirsty. Nine times out of ten if you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated. I have found it helpful to look at the color of my urine as a helpful tip to make sure I am on task with my water intake. Urine Chart
Remember our bodies are made of mostly of water and we lose water daily:
Sweat – We don’t have to do P90X to sweat. Just to keep our bodies at a normal temperature our bodies sweat and most of the time we don’t even know it because it is so minimal unless you do not bathe regularly, that will be a blog or video for another day, lol. Believe it or not an average adult can lose about two cups of sweat just living. If you live in the south like I do of course sweating can be a lot more obvious.
Breathe – This can vary greatly depending on your environment. Here in the south at times you can just about drink the air. With our high levels of humidity in the south we would not lose as much water through our lungs as someone in in Arizona. I remember as a kid I would love to form little clouds with my breath when the temperature would drop on a cold day.
Feces – This might not be a popular topic, but of course we all need to have regular bowel movements. Water plays a part in this process, it helps to moisten the feces so it can flow out of the colon better. Experts say that adults lose about 100 to 200 milliliters of water as part of feces in a day. When someone has diarrhea they really need to increase their water intake.
So to sum it up we lose water constantly at the rate of about 1.5 pounds in just normal everyday living. That means we have to replace that water lost to prevent dehydration. Water being lost through the skin, waste and breathing all plays a part in the water lost throughout the day. Top 10 Ways to Stay Hydrated