Water is an essential component of your body. Did you know that your body weight includes between 55 and 75% of water? Most of the foods you eat contain about 70% of water.
Your body always needs water. You could get sick if the amount of water in your body drops by 10%. You could die if the water in your body drops by 20% or more. It is possible to stay alive for weeks if you do not have access to food, but only a few days without water would be deadly.
You need water to stay alive – but water will also help you reach your weight loss goals.
Why Is Water So Important?
My job is to help you get ripped. If you are on a diet, you need plenty of water to help your liver metabolize your body fat. If you are on a diet rich in carbs, you need plenty of water so that your digestive system can turn carbs into glucose and glycogen.
Besides, drinking plenty of water will make you feel full and help you cut back on snacks and eat less.
There are conflicting opinions from the scientific community on the topic of drinking water for weight loss purposes. It is of course best to drink plenty of water while following a healthy diet. You will not get good results if you rely entirely on the water to lose weight.
If you are into bodybuilding and fitness, keep in mind that your muscles need plenty of water to function properly. Your muscles will be stronger and heal faster if you drink plenty of water.
Chris Act, an author and nutrition consultant explains that water is stored in muscle tissues. The water contained in your muscles has an anabolic effect. Water helps your muscles achieve a positive nitrogen balance, which makes it easier to build more muscle tissue. Just like any living organisms, your muscles need water for growth.
How Much Water Do You Need?
Determining how much water you should drink can be difficult. According to the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), you need between 8 and 12 glasses a day.
According to the ISSA, you also need to drink 16 ounces of a water for each pound of weight you have lost. Keep in mind that your body needs at least 20 minutes to absorb 16 ounces of water.
According to the International Sports Medicine Institute, you need half an ounce of water for each pound of body weight if you do not live an active lifestyle. This means you need to drink ten glasses of water if you weigh around 160 pounds. If you work out regularly, you need two-thirds of an ounce for each pound. This corresponds to drinking 13 or 14 glasses if you weigh around 160 pounds.
Always drink before and after working out to get better results.
Other Benefits Of Drinking Water
There are many benefits to drinking water. Researchers at Loma Linda University conducted a study in April 2002. The study found that people who drank five glasses of 8 ounces of water a day saw their chances of suffering from a coronary heart disease reduced by half compared to individuals who only drank two glasses a day.
Other studies on the same topic found that drinking eight glasses of water a day reduces your risks of developing:
– Colon cancer
– Urinary stone disease and tract cancer
– Salivary glands problems
– Obesity in children and teenagers
There are additional benefits, including getting rid of headaches since a lot of headaches are due to being dehydrated.
Drinking plenty of water will keep your muscles and your joints healthy. You will be less likely to get cramps and sprains.
Your skin will look better if you stay hydrated. You will look better and feel younger with a great-looking skin.
Water can regulate your body temperature and keep your muscles in good working order.
If you are dehydrated, your heart will have a hard time with pumping oxygen into your blood. You might feel tired if your blood is too poor in oxygen.
Don’t Drink Too Much Water
It is important to drink water but it is possible to drink too much. You could suffer from hyponatremia if you drink more water than you need. The plasma sodium content in your system should not reach anything under 135 milliequivalents/liter.
Ideally, the sodium concentration in your blood should be somewhere between 136 and 145 milliequivalents/liter. There have been a few cases of people dying from hyponatremia in the past couple of years.
If you feel sick after drinking water, there is a good chance that you are drinking more than you really need.