This past summer while visiting, my mother asked me to water the
flowers. After only missing a couple of days, the flowers had already started
to wither. I remembered thinking to myself, “Wow, I can only imagine what
happens to people when we don’t drink enough water.”
Our bodies are composed of 2/3 water. All cell processes and all
organ functions depend on it including the regulation of metabolism and body
temperature, digestion, absorption of food, transporting oxygen and nutrients
to cells, detoxification, helping to protect joints and weight loss .
Water is necessary for good health and needs to be replaced daily.
In 2002, The American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who drank more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack than those who drank less than two glasses.
Dehydration severely limits our performance throughout the day.
Your body loses about 2-3 liters of water daily through urination,
elimination, perspiration, and respiration. Beverages that contain water
including juice, soda, tea, coffee, etc are not good enough. Drinks containing
caffeine stimulate your adrenal gland and dehydrate your body while also
robbing your body of important minerals and vitamins.
There are several types of water to choose from:
1. Tap Water – A form of municipal water that has been treated,
disinfected, and processed.
2. Distilled Water – Water that has gone through a vaporization process.
3. Reverse Osmosis – Water that has been forced through a semi-permeable
membrane that removes particles, pollutants, and minerals.
4. Deionized Water – Water that has had its mineral ions removed.
5. Spring Water – Water that is derived from an underground formation from
which water flows naturally to the surface.
All of the different types of water have their advantages and
disadvantages which could be anything from cost to convenience. The most
important thing is to just get in the habit of drinking water even when you
feel you don’t need it. First thing in the morning is a good place to start. As
far as how much to drink, everybody’s body is different. It is good to drink
enough water until your urine is clear.
Yours in Health and Balance,
Sports Performance Coach