Often i hear people saying "I know i should drink more water but, I don't like the taste of water". I don't buy it! You DO like water, you just don't know it yet! :)
It's important to know that water makes up nearly 60% of our total bodyweight! Each tissue holds different ratios of water.
Bone contains 22% water
Adipose tissue (Fat) contains 25% water
Muscle Cells contain 75% water
Blood contains nearly 83% water
Now let's get science-y...
Water has many important jobs:
Solvent and Transporter
'In with the Good and Out with the Bad'
Water dissolves substances (such as proteins) that will then be transferred throughout your body. Water is the transporter that brings necessary nutrients to your cells that we need to carry out metabolic reactions (life sustaining transformations within our cells). Also, water will transport all the waste products away from our cells and out of our bodies.
Water lubricates your joints to ease our daily movements. It also acts as a shock absorber to our eyes and spinal cord. Water (Amniotic fluid) that surrounds a growing fetus will protect the fetus from forces throughout the mothers body.
Body water content and the movement of fluids throughout our body regulate our temperature. When our body temperature increases, we begin to sweat. As the sweat evaporates off our skin, we are able to cool down.
Make your skin glow
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the colour and texture of your skin by continually building new cells.
Assists in losing weight
Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
Those are some pretty important jobs!
How much water do I need?
A safe recommendation for daily water intake is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces. A 130lbs individual would need 65 oz (2L) per day. Not all of our water intake comes from drinking. About 1L comes from our food! Mainly fruits and vegetables provide water in our diet. Fats are not high in water content.
There are outside influences that will effect the amount of water you need. If you exercise, if it's hot outside, if you're larger than 'normal', or if you're going through a growth spurt, you'll need to increase these water requirements.
So, if we are adequately hydrated our metabolic processes will be functioning properly and your cravings for sweeter drinks will diminish. And don't forget to eat more fruits and vegetables to help meet your fluid needs!
Sarah Koeslag BHSc, CSEP
*Referenced Precision Nutrition "The Essentials of Sport and Nutrition" *