Wikipedia: ‘Water is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth’s hydrosphere and the fluids of most living organisms. It is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients.
Science lesson over…water is crucial not just when exercising, but in our general well being. The role of water in the body has not changed since the first creation of life in salt water and our subsequent adaptation to fresh water.
Every function of the body is monitored and aligned to the efficient flow of water. Yet, from the second we are born to the day we die, most of us are dehydrating…in short, we do not drink enough water.
Depending on what you read, we are supposed to drink 2/3 litres of water a day, or 8x 8oz glasses. This is before we do any exercise.
I do not need to explain the dehydration effects of alcohol, we have all suffered that morning after feeling, even if you drink water with your alcohol, if you wake up feeling rough or tired, you are dehydrated, and will need to top up over and above the daily recommended intake to get your water levels back to where they should be.
Signs of lack of water include dry skin, dark urine (Urine should be clear), headaches, mood swings, disturbed sleep and hunger…plus a lot more.
In fact, hunger is a regular craving mistaken for dehydration or lack of water. Try drinking a glass of water first, you may be surprised when those hunger cravings dissipate.
There is a great book called ‘Your many cries for Water’ by F.Batmanghelidj, MD…this is an incredible read, and will really open your eyes to how important our relationship with water is.
One Fascinating insight from this book relates to lumbar or lower back pain. “75% of the weight of the upper body is supported by water volume stored in the disc core, water provides essential hydraulic support for the weight bearing qualities of an in-vertebral disc. Once dehydration sets in, the lumbar discs are affected in 95% of cases”
“75% of the weight of the upper body is supported by water volume stored in the disc core, water provides essential hydraulic support for the weight bearing qualities of an in-vertebral disc. Once dehydration sets in, the lumbar discs are affected in 95% of cases”
Other benefits of drinking more water include the effects it has on indigestion, neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, joint pain, stress and depression…detailed explanations can also be found in F. Batmangheldi’s book.
I will come back to water at a later date and cover off its affects when we exercise. but for your general day to day well being…and this is not rocket science, and it is Free!
WE MUST DRINK MORE WATER