5 Areas of Health & Wellness – #3 Hydrate

Today’s area of health and wellness is hydrate aka DRINK YOUR WATER! Be sure to check out Monday’s post – activity and yesterday’s post – sleep!

5 Areas of Health and Wellness

You probably get tired of hearing it – drink up. Drink more water. Did you drink enough water today? The fact is, many of us do not get in enough water on a daily basis. So, why should you drink water and what happens if you don’t drink enough?

Benefits of consuming adequate water:

  • Fluid retention is alleviated
  • Liver functions improve
  • Endocrine gland function improves
  • Natural thirst returns
  • Metabolic functions improve
  • Nutrients are distributed throughout the body
  • Body temperature regulation improves
  • Blood volume is maintained

Effects of Dehydration:

  • Decreased blood volume
  • Decreased performance
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased sweat rate
  • Increased core temperature
  • Water retention
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sodium retention
  • Decreased cardiac output
  • Decreased blood flow to the skin
  • Increased perceived exertion
  • Increased use of muscle glycogen

{source – NASM CPT 4 book}

You may be asking – how much water do I need? NASM says that men need about 13 cups of water per day and women need 9 cups. Some people say take your weight, divide by 2, and drink that many ounces per day. So pick one of those figures and go with it. If you aren’t drinking anywhere near that, try adding an 8 oz glass every day for a week. Then the next week, add another one. Maybe try drinking one as soon as you get up or right before each meal. If you drink sodas or diet sodas, try replacing one with a glass of water instead.

Benefits of Drinking Water

Drinking out of fancy glasses or in my case, pink water bottles, may also encourage you to drink more. Try adding lemon or lime (or both) to your water. You also might try adding essential oils (although make sure to use only stainless steel or glass if doing so). Infusing water with fruit is HUGE nowadays and there are tons of different bottles/pitchers available. Cucumber and mint infused water is really good. You need to experiment and find what works best for YOU! For me – ice-cold water over crushed ice in my pink Hydro Flask!

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How much water do you get per day? What’s your favorite water bottle?



4 Responses to “5 Areas of Health & Wellness – #3 Hydrate”

  1. 1 million years down my healthy living path this is something I still need to recommit every single day.
    I still don’t relate to people who say they love love love water— but I’m drinking!

  2. My goal is 2 gallons/day. I don’t always hit it, but I usually get at least 6 liters/day. My friends think I’m nuts, and I pee ALL. THE. TIME. But my skin looks better and I feel better! Funny thing, when I’m dehydrated I sweat more…I feel like that’s a complete oxymoron, but maybe it’s my body’s way of telling me to drink more water.

  3. My friends and I are about to start a ‘drink water’ competition because one of my friends found out last week he has kidney stones. Not fun. Definitely forwarding this to them!