Water Is Your Body's Most Important Nutrient
by Geraldine Marques-Frediani, Professional Pilates Instructor
Everyone should drink at least 2 liters or 64 ounces per day,
and if you exercise or are overweight, even more.
Water is your body's most important nutrient, is involved in every bodily function, and makes up 70- 75% of your total body weight.
Water helps you to maintain body temperature, metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, lubricates and cushions organs, transports nutrients, and flushes toxins from your body.
Your blood is approximately 90% water and is responsible for transporting nutrients and energy to muscles and for taking waste from tissues.
If you are not getting enough water, your body will react by pulling it from other places, including your blood. This causes the closing of some smaller vessels, making your blood thicker, more susceptible to clotting, and harder to pump through your system. This can have serious implications in hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Recent studies have also linked the lack of water to headaches, arthritis, and heartburn.
Water is a great natural appetite suppressant. There are three ways we get water into our bodies. We get it from the foods we eat, the fluids we drink, and as a by-product of metabolism. It is always better to drink pure water instead of soda, tea, or coffee. These products actually increase your need for fluids because most contain caffeine, which is a diuretic. Diuretics force out stored water along with certain essential nutrients.
Moderate types of exercise, like Pilates, rarely require all the glucose and sodium that one finds in sports drinks, but a healthy dose of water is essential. Dizziness and nausea can both be symptoms of dehydration.
Athletes and exercisers need more water than less active people. Reducing water in the body as little as 5% can result in as much as a 20-30% drop in your physical performance, 10% reduction can make you sick, and 20% can mean death.
Everyone should drink at least 2 liters or 64 ounces per day, and if you exercise or are overweight, even more.
With water pollution on the rise, it is best to drink filtered or bottled water whenever possible.
Nota : eating or drinking too much and trying to exercise can be equally uncomfortable !