About Me

I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Importance of Drinking Water

Everyone knows that it is important to drink water, but do you really know why?

Water is essential to life, without it there would be no life. The average adult body is 55 to 75% water. 2/3 rds of your body weight is water. Everyday your body must replace 2 and a half quarts of water.

Water is essential for all body functions. It aides in your digestion and the absorption of your food. Water regulates body temperature and blood circulation as well as carries the nutrients and oxygen to the cells.

Without water you would be very toxic for it removes toxins and other wastes from the body. It assists in cushioning the joints and protects tissues and organs.

If you are trying to lose fat, you are fighting a losing battle if you are not drinking enough water. Water is vital in your weight loss program.

The lack of water can cause many ailments and ultimately will cause death. As we are seeing in Haiti, water is the number one concern to get to the earthquake victims. Living without food for several weeks is possible, but without water one can only exist for a few days.

If you think that drinking soda's, tea, coffee, or juice is a good substitute for water, think again. Nothing works like clear water when it comes to hydrating and cleansing the body. The body has to work to filter and digest other liquids that contain anything else in them but water.

If you don't drink enough water you will become dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include, dry sticky mouth, sleepiness or tiredness, thirst, decreased urine, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness, low blood pressure, and rapid heart beat.

It is recommended that you have 64 ounces of water a day. That is equivalent to eight 8oz glasses. If you are exercising, and you should be, it is recommended that you add 8 oz for every fifteen minutes of exercise that you do.

You can suffer from "Water Intoxication" if you drink too much water. It can cause the brain to swell, seizures, water in the lungs, and symptoms just like drowning. Ultimately it will cause death.

This sometimes happens with infants that drink bottle after bottle in a day. Athletes sometimes deal with water intoxication by sweating heavily and losing their electrolytes. This is caused by drinking large amounts of water quickly without replacing the electrolytes.

Water intoxication could be avoided by drinking the water slowly allowing the kidneys time to process the water properly. A healthy adults kidneys can process fifteen liters of water a day if drank over a period of time. Water Intoxication happens mostly when large amounts of water are drank in a very short period of time.

Most of us are never in danger of Water Intoxication. It is dehydration that is our concern. So make sure you are getting healthy amounts of water every day. Your skin will look better, you will have more energy, and you will lose the fat that you are trying to lose with greater ease.

Have a glass right now....Cheers!

Till Tomorrow,

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