June 23, 2024

Water, to drink or not to drink, that is the question.

Lets tackle this topic, drinking more water provides many health benefits for your body. The reality is that water is essential for maintaining proper hydration in the body. When the body is properly hydrated, it can function more efficiently and can help to prevent dehydration-related illnesses such as headaches, fatigue, and constipation. It can also help avoid preventable injuries that can set you back days, weeks or months.

Drinking water can help to control appetite, and increase feelings of fullness, which can lead to weight loss. So there are additional benefits when dieting, also water helps to flush out toxins and waste products from the body, which can improve the function of the liver and kidneys and support overall detoxification.

For those concerned with their skin health should know that adequate water intake can help to improve the appearance of the skin by making it look more plump and hydrated. In fact drinking water can help to keep muscles hydrated and improve muscle function, recovery, and endurance. It is important to drink water before, during, and after exercise to help with hydration and recovery. So for those looking to build their bodies, science shows that water aids in that, so drink up.

Now although there is no scientific evidence linking drinking water specifically to longevity, there is no doubt that drinking water as part of a healthy lifestyle can improve overall health which may lead to increased longevity.

A concern that some people have has to do with the difference between faucet water and bottled water, look they are both generally considered safe to drink, but it’s best to check with your local water authority for specific information about the quality of your tap water, not all tap water is equal. It is probably not a bad idea to use a water filter or purified water.

Most people think this but don’t ask, so let us just answer this question , Flavored water can be healthy as long as it does not contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners, period the end. If there is sugar or artificial junk in there then think twice if you are concerned. Some flavored water can contain natural fruit flavors which is a big plus and this can provide additional vitamins and minerals. But read those labels people because that is where the details are hidden.

Many wonder how much water should I actually be drinking daily, well there is an answer to that too, the minimum daily water intake recommended by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is about 3.7 liters (125 ounces) for men and 2.7 liters (91 ounces) for women. However, this can vary depending on factors such as age, sex, physical activity level, and climate. Bottom line is drinking more water is better than drinking less water but there is such a thing as drinking too much water believe it or not.

Drinking too much water can lead to a condition called hyponatremia, which occurs when there is an imbalance of electrolytes in the body due to overhydration. This can cause symptoms such as headache, nausea, and confusion, and in severe cases, it can be life-threatening. It is important to be mindful of your water intake, and to listen to your body’s signals for thirst.

Last thing on the water list is this, when working out and sweating up a storm is it safe to drink iced water?
This has been debated but scientifically speaking drinkjing iced water while working out can actually help to keep the body cool and hydrated during training. I am not a fan of it while I am working out but to each his/her own.

Keep training hard, stay hydrated and live a healthy lifestyle.

– Louis Velazquez

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