Why water is your best friend
Water is the "forgotten nutrient". Many underestimate its critical importance and the need to stay hydrated. As the weather warms, we are more prone to sweating and dehydration, which increases our body's requirement for hydration.
Water makes up more than two-thirds of our body's weight and helps with a variety of functions including:
- Functioning of our cells and organs
- Carrying nutrients to our cells
- Regulating body temperature
- Lubricating and cushioning joints
- Protecting sensitive tissues like the spinal cord
- Aiding elimination of waste
How much do we need?
Fluid needs will vary depending on your exercise level, the climate and your body weight. In general, aim for 2 liters per day. You don't need to rely on drinking alone to meet your water needs. For example, man fruits and vegetables like strawberries and tomatoes contain over 90% water.
Tricks to drinking more water:
Surprisingly enough, water is an "acquired" taste for many. A trick to drinking more water throughout the day is infusing it with frozen fruit. It adds just a touch of sweetness and trace vitamins and minerals. Try frozen berries or even sliced lemon or lime. Make sure to carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. I recommend Bkr Bottle or Klean Kanteen.
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