Nutrition

Hydration 101

The majority of people around the world are dehydrated believe it or not. Hydration not only affects the human body, but it affects it at the cellular level. I won’t go into detail on the later one, however I will discuss how it affects the human body. A general rule of thumb is to drink 64-128 ounces of water daily. Or roughly half an ounce per pound of body weight.

What happens when you do not drink enough water?

-Fuzzy thinking

-Achey joints

-Long-term this can increase your chances of getting colon cancer (we are talking years of not drinking adequate amount of water here)

-Bladder infections

-Suboptimal muscle performance

-Cramping

-Overheating

-Weight-gain (yes, long-term this will contribute to toxin build-up and indirectly start accelerating aging within the body thus putting on unwanted body fat)

These are just a snap-shot of what could happen when inadequate fluids are taken in. This is why your doctor always tells you when you are sick to increase your fluids, because it assists the body in flushing out the waste, if you keep it in, it recirculates and will lead to auto immune diseases and much more. So drink up!

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About Nejim Sharbek

I am an expert in Fitness/Nutrition. My job is to help people achieve their goals and teach them about sound nutrition.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Hydration 101

  1. Can I add to my water intake with coffee and tea? Or is this just referring to water?

    Posted by desireelea | October 21, 2011, 6:31 pm
    • Hi there, this is a very good question! Yes and no, it depends if the tea and coffee are caffeinated or decaffeinated. If they are caffeinated, then you are better off not counting it and actually having to increase your water intake, because caffeine acts as a diuretic. It’s very common for people to have 3-4 cups a day or more, and actually rely on the caffeine however, chances are they are not drinking enough water, thus contributing to afternoon fatigue which is very common for workers to experience this around 1-2pm due to slight dehydration. Tea is very good, and provides tons of antioxidants, oolong tea, rooibos, green tea just to name a few are really good for you.

      Posted by Nejim Sharbek | October 21, 2011, 7:36 pm

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