Water is one of the most over looked aids to living healthy! Are you having low energy? Is your brain foggy? Are you constantly hungry? Water could be the issue! Although there are multiple benefits of having proper hydration, today we will discuss the top three: having energy, brain clarity and less hunger.
Fatigue seems to be a big issue these days. We should be happy, energetic and ready to take on the world! Water is directly related to energy! Water is the key distributor of nutrients, electrolytes, hormones and other crucial chemicals in the body. These nutrients are extremely important like oxygen, minerals and sugars that your muscles, organs and brain need to function. It is also helps regulate body temperature when exercising and assists your body in performing daily, functional activities. When dehydrated, your body works twice as hard to transport these nutrients and to do its basic job of keeping your body healthy and strong. Since your body is working double time, this is what zaps your energy. If you get the machine running efficiently, then energy returns!
What do you think your brain functions off of? What does it eat? Well I will tell you… It’s glucose, otherwise known as ATP (Adenosine triphosphate). ATP comes from a chemical reaction made from glucose where glucose is bonded blah, blah, blah… I know, boring and we could get into the science of it, however, that’s not any fun and not what this is about. What is more important is how does it get to your brain? You might have guessed it…. By drinking water! If water is lacking, then the process slows down. It would be hoping on the city bus and making 10 stops and two switches before you arrive at your destination. When properly hydrated it would be like taking a private limo straight to the party! Moral of the story: Don’t let your brain food take the city bus!
Sometimes those hunger pains are not due to lack of food. It is very easy to confuse hunger with thirst. Your body sends signals to the brain when it needs a certain nutrient and that hunger feeling could easily be the body needing hydration. This can cause you to grab something to eat that you do not need, and normally it is probably not the best food decision either, right? So I challenge you, next time you feel hungry when you know you should not be, drink a bottle of water instead of grabbing a snack and see what happens!
Breaking it Down:
You are washing your car and there is a kink in the hose. How fast will you be able to wash your car? The hose only produces half of the water that it can and the efficiency drops drastically. If the kink cinches close, the water doesn’t come out at all and all efficiency is lost… It is like water, when you have a steady stream coming in, the more efficient your body will run. If you starve yourself of water, your body’s energy is lost.
So How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?
The saying, “Drink 8 glasses of water a day” is just not true. The Mayo Clinic states that the bare minimum fluid intake for males is about 13 cups or 6 ½ bottles of water and females 9 cups or 4 ½ . Remember this is the bare minimum, and if you are active, you should be drinking a lot more.