The Whys of Water
By: Brigette Lepe, FNS, CPT
Water is one of the most important substances we consume. It makes up about 60% of the human body. A person cannot survive for more than three days without water. As we head into the warmer, summer months, adequate water consumption is vital.
Did You Know?
Your overall health and performance improves in the following ways when your body is properly hydrated.
- Fluid retention is alleviated
- Nutrients can be distributed properly
- Body temperature regulation improves
- Liver functions improve and allow more fat to be used for energy
The average, sedentary man needs about 13 cups of water per day. Women need 9. Your water needs increase as you exercise and sweat, are on a high protein or fat loss diet, or live in a hot climate.
- Keep water handy at all times. Use a refillable bottle or canteen at your desk, in your pack, in your car, etc.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. They carry a lot of water already and important nutrients.
- Add lime or lemon slices to your water if you prefer to have flavored beverages. You can use the juice or pulp to increase the flavor intensity.
- Drink a full glass of water before, during and after each meal. This will put you on a regular water consumption schedule.
Brigette Lepe is on staff with the Exchange and coordinates the Operation: BEFIT program. She has earned her Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Personal Trainer certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.