The last couple of days have been HOT! 90 plus degrees. My water intake has doubled! It makes it especially hard to not be completely exhausted when I get home from work. Today, Although I took a nap I managed to bake some healthy whole grain berry muffins and run before the storm hit. While my muffins were in the oven, Cody went out and grabbed us some subway! I always get a veggie sub on honey oat! Something about it just makes me happy!
The clouds were defiantly moving in!
I ran this morning before work and this afternoon which totaled 3.14 miles for the day. If I had more time in the mornings I defiantly want to run that at one time. But I felt more energized after my run this evening!
In this post, I am going to stress the importance of drinking water! Everyone tells you drink at least 8 ounces a day and no that doesn’t mean liquids like energy drinks and soda! Every part of your body is made up of water. In order for your organs to function properly, it’s important to drink a lot of water! Especially, those who live an active lifestyle. Without it, your pretty much a corpse.
So here it is…
Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.
For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.
Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.
The amount of water a human needs can vary. Humans need to modify their total fluid intake depending on how active they are, the climate they live in, their health status, and if they are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If humans exercise or engage in any activity that makes them sweat, they need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 400 to 600 milliliters (about 1.5 to 2.5 cups) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires more fluid intake.
How much additional fluid humans need depends on how much they sweat during exercise, how long they exercise and the type of activity they are engaged in. During long bouts of intense exercise, it’s best to use a sports drink that contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia (loss of Sodium), which can be life-threatening. Additionally, humans need to continue to replace fluids after they are finished exercising.
Hot or humid weather can make humans sweat and require additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause human skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of a humans’ fluid reserves.