HYDRATION: THE INS & OUTS
Each client I work with has a unique primary goal. Many are trying lose weight. Some are looking to change their body composition, and others seek to maintain their weight, while improving their strength. While their desired destinations differ, they all travel one similar roadway along their journeys; that roadway being hydration. They each have a daily hydration goal to hit. WHY have I placed such an importance on water?
Water is essential for optimal brain and organ function. It also aids immensely in exercise recovery. It can help curb appetite. By staying hydrated, we maintain the balance of all our bodily fluids which function to support digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. (So you're telling me drinking water will help keep me a bit warmer this winter?) YES.
How much water we should consume depends on the person. Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses (64 ounces total) is optimal for most people and aids immensely in weight loss. According to a study by the CDC, 43% of adults drink less than 4 cups per day--less than 50% of the recommended amount. No wonder we aren't seeing results.
One might consider increasing their water intake ABOVE 64 ounces if: they still feel thirsty after consuming the required amount, they participate in vigorous exercise, they experience extreme heat, or if they are very overweight. (However, be sure to consult your doctor before deciding to go this route because there can be some very dangerous results from over-consumption.)
Now, is upping your water intake the key to achieving your primary health goals? Absolutely not. Any one of my clients will tell you it takes MUCH, MUCH MORE. However, taking a small step towards increasing your water intake provides your body with multiple benefits and could send you in the right direction towards better overall health and wellness.