One of the most commonly overlooked micronutrient in our diet is water. Micronutrients are essential for our survival and considering that 60% of our body is made up of water, we need to understand how vital it is to our health!
Water is responsible for overall hydration, transportation of nutrients, temperature regulation and lubrication. Without sufficient amounts of water in the diet, dehydration can occur. Dehydration can present itself in different forms but the important thing to note is that our body is losing approximately 2.5L of water each day and even more so on hot, humid days or with increased activity and perspiration, so it is imperative to replenish these fluids!
Water is also important for weight loss and is quite often the missing link in progression of the ideal body composition. Quite often when people feel hungry, they are actually thirsty and the “hunger” can be curbed with a glass of water, which can help prevent overeating. We can also lose an incredible amount of strength and stamina during a workout if we are not drinking enough water! The signs of mild dehydration can directly impact your progression towards your fitness goals and lean physique.
It is important to track your water intake – using a bottle, an elastic system, logging in a book or counting cups! Whichever way works for you, aim to consume at least half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150lbs, consume at least 75oz of water (approx 9 cups) every day! Drink this evenly throughout the day. One should never be thirsty! Rest assured, your bladder will adapt but do keep in mind that you should start with a gradual progression!
This month, be sure to track your water intake. Pure, clean water everyday!