This is just a little reminder about something that we easily forget...DRINK MORE WATER! Water is one of the most crucial elements of survival and , now that summer is approaching, being hydrated is critical for optimal health, and an efficient workout. About seventy five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated and are not even aware of it.
If you are dehydrated, you simply cannot perform at an optimal level. Your body uses water for digestion, lubricating joints, excrete and transport nutrients to maintain energy. It is also important to note that when you are dehydrated your body produces higher levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Many people have cravings for sugary sweets and think they are hungry when they are actually dehydrated...they are more than likely just thirsty!
Drink at the very least, half of your body weight in ounces. For example, a 130 pound woman should start with a minimum of 60 ounces of water. Add 20 ounces, or more, daily if you exercise. Some people do not like to drink water so there are some ways to make it more fun and enjoyable:
Infuse plain water with strawberries, cucumber, mint, lemon or lime
Track your water intake with an app like My Water Balance or Aqua.
Hydrate before, during and after your workouts, as hydration prevents fatigue and helps keep energy levels up during exercise.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with getting started drinking more water, track a few days to see how much you are actually getting. Then just start slowly, with additional ounces and add more every few days until you have created the habit (which is a whole other blog for another day:).
The more you drink, the more you, your body and even your skin, will love it - and it will show in your glow!!