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The Importance of Hydration

Mar 25, 2008
Of course, we all know that water is great for the human body.

But do you know just how important water actually is for you? Your body is composed of approximate 65% water. It is the main component of all the blood in your body, it is vital for oxygen transportation to all you're working muscles and organs, and plays the leading role in regulating your body temperatures. Water also acts as a lubricant for all your joints and as a cushion for your very important organs.

Well, how much water is enough water? It's hard to say exactly because daily water needs vary from person to person. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic recommend eight to ten cups of water a day. If this sounds like a lot of water, try to break it down to a more manageable idea.

Drink one tall glass of water at every meal, plus one glass between every meal. If you follow this plan, you will be drinking 5 glasses of water throughout the day, and with about 2 cups of water per glass, this equals approximately 10 cups of water. Another plus to drinking water before, during, and after your meals is that it helps you feel satisfied while consuming less food and consequently, fewer calories. Liquid allows your food to expand in while you eat, curbing your hunger. It also helps you eat slowly, which is another important tactic for eating in moderation.

It is also important to realize that many foods we eat contain water. Fruits and vegetables obviously contain water, which gives them their juicy nature. Other foods, such as cooked rice and grains, dairy, casseroles, and soups are all rich in water, which again, can help you feel satisfied while consuming fewer calories and fending off excess body weight.

Remember to bring a bottle of water with you throughout the day and during your workout so you can easily execute your hydration plan, especially in hot weather. If you exercise frequently or for a duration of longer than an hour, you need to take your hydration more seriously than a sedentary person and consume one medium-sized water bottle per hour of exercise in addition to your daily eight to ten cup requirement.

Always take your hydration seriously, as it is an important aspect of your health and fitness. Staying hydrated is a healthy habit that both your body and your brain will thank you for.
About the Author
Bill Romanowski is a 4-time NFL Super Bowl Champion player who endured the most grueling impact on his mind and body during his 16 year NFL career. During this time Bill learned how to harness premium nutrition to benefit both his mind and body. Romo is a living example of the quality of life that one can enjoy if they fuel their body with the correct nutrients. You can contact Bill at Nutrition53.
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