One of the main building blocks for life is water, and you should be aware of how important it is to keep yourself hydrated even when you aren’t training or being active. The average daily water intake for a man is about three litres and just over 2L for a woman. But hydration isn’t the only benefit you’ll experience from drinking that much – your general health should improve as well.
The Japanese believe water has strong health properties. They believe that drinking 600ml of water every morning as soon as you wake up will bring you greater longevity. With the highest life expectancy and over 50,000 people over the age of 100 they may be onto something!
Here’s some obvious reasons why we should drink water first thing in the morning
70% of the human body content is water, which means we need lots of it.
82% of blood consists of water.
The human brain cells contain about 85% of water.
75% of muscles are water
Bones also contain about 25% water
My 5 Top Reasons
As stated above, we are made mainly of water. So where are we getting it from? Making sure we are well hydrated will make our whole system ready to take on any task we undertake.
Increase your energy levels
In general, dehydration leads to fatigue, which slowly eats away at your bodily functions you need to get through the day. The more water you drink, the more awake and alert you’ll feel.
Lessen the need for other calories
A useful trick I use with my clients is telling them to drink a glass of water before every meal so that your brain doesn’t confuse your thirst signals for hunger. It also fills your stomach up leading you to be less likely to consume so much food. It’s a great technique and works well with my clients.
Calories are finite so don’t drink them
I find that in this calorie dense modern world we lead its really easy to consume too much and put weight on, so one of my main rules is to never drink my calories. People have enough problems with eating too many calories without having to be drinking them, fizzy drinks, fruit juices and alcohol are laden with calories and we should generally use the rule- water only, unless I need a sports drink during sport or if I’m socialising drinking alcohol.
Detoxify the system
Water helps to keep everything moving, helps the lymphatic system to work, the blood system to work as well as the digestive tract and colon. If you’re dehydrated these systems can slow down and certain systems can come to a stop causing you to be sluggish, get ill and have low energy. So remembers you have water targets on a daily basis and start drinking. The Japanese do it and they’re not doing too bad health wise.
A simple water consumption target equation I use the following method for my clients
1 kg of body mass x 0.035ml
So if you’re 100 kgs you should drink 3.5lts
If you’re 50 kgs you should drink 1.75 lts
Most people simply don’t drink enough to keep their systems hydrated. Make sure you’re getting your daily fix of the good stuff and feel the difference it makes to your vitality!