Well, first of all we all know that are body is made up of mostly water, about 60% in fact. Our muscles contain about 75% water. So, when you're trying to build muscle at the gym and you don't have enough water in your system to help repair your muscles, your body suffers. The minimum amount of water an adult needs per day is 1500ml and more if you're working out.
Water is responsible for transporting nutrients and oxygen to your cells, it moisturizers the air in your lungs, it boosts your metabolism, protects your vital organs, and helps your organs to adsorb nutrients better. Water also helps regulate your body temperature and protects and moisturizes your joints. Regulating body temperature is especially important while working out.
Water can help you lose weight. It flushes the by-products of fat breakdown out of your system. It is also a great apatite suppressant. Replacing those high-calorie, sugary beverages with water can also help to keep your weight down. Also, If your tummy is rumbling with hunger pains, it may not mean that you are hungry, you may just be thirsty.
Water can also relieve fatigue after your workout. If your body doesn't have enough water, your heart has to work harder to pump oxygenated blood to your cells and organs. Water makes this process easier. Also, proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you will be less likely to get cramps and sprains. Water can energize muscle. Cells that don't have the proper balance of fluids shrivel , resulting in muscle fatigue. Performance can suffer if your muscles don't have enough water.
Lastly, during exercise you sweat. Water is necessary to replace the water that is lost by sweating. During exercise, it is recommend that you start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by perspiration.
So, I've learned a lot about how water is beneficial to the body. I just hope I remember my water bottle tomorrow! Now my next question will be about whether sports drinks, like Gatorade, are better than water. Do you have an opinion? Please share with me in the comments section.