The Nectar of Life

The Nectar of Life

Better Fitness Daily

Summer is in full swing and with it our chance of dehydration increases proportionally to the number of days over 100 degrees. Not really, but here’s the kicker, If you’re not keeping your body well hydrated, you could end up with excess body fat, poor muscle tone, digestive complications, muscle soreness — even water-retention problems. Ouch!  Solution: You’ve got to drink water!  Difficult to believe, but true:  Our incredible bodies are 70% water.  That should tell you something right there.  It’s pretty simple. Your body needs adequate water to run efficiently, and water helps to flush out harmful toxins, as well as prime the body for fat loss.

Here’s where most screw it up:

If your body isn’t getting enough water, it does everything to hold, or ration existing water. So you’re essentially storing existing water and the problem with this is the way it holds onto the water. It acts like a selfish kid, your muscles are craving water and not getting it!  You see, over 70% of your muscles are water and they’re thirsty, man! Water and glycogen are what give your muscles the nice pumped, full look!

One little trick is drinking ice cold water. Studies show, it burns more calories as the body works to heat it up for the digestive process. You can burn up to an additional 100 calories a day by drinking ½ -1 gallon per day.

The proper way to succeed at losing body fat, and keep it off is to drink small amounts of water consistently throughout the day (many support this thought, I’m not sure its really been proven scientifically, but considering the important role water plays in the body’s ability to function,  I recommend it). It may seem like a hassle but, COME ON! Think of your goals and where you want to go.  It’s a great habit to just always have some water with you (see tips below).

You’ve probably heard the “8 by 8” rule:  Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

However my own personal opinion, particularly for people trying to lose weight, is to encourage additional water intake whenever possible. I feel it helps to cleanse the body when weight loss and fat breakdown is occurring. I also know that it helps to keep the hands and mouth busy, so snacking is less. This is a form of behavior modification. I personally know that many people feel better when at least 4-6 glasses of plain old H2O is consumed to help meet total fluid needs.

I’m frequently asked; can other drinks such as diet sodas and herbal tea count towards my 8 glasses of water for the day?

The latest recommendations from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, Dietary Reference Intake for Electrolytes and Water say: “The fluids consumed do not have to be only water. Individuals can obtain their fluids from a variety of beverages and foods. Contrary to popular opinion, consumers do not need to consume ‘eight glasses of water a day’ to meet their fluid needs.”

But the amount of water a person needs varies depending on his or her weight, activity level and climate. For you ANALytical’s, another way to determine your  recommended water intake is to divide your weight by two. The resulting number is the number of ounces of water you need each day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, strive to drink 75 ounces of water daily.

Drink enough water and your body will start responding by ridding excess water. It compares to food and calories:  If you starve your body nutritionally, it will move into starvation mode and begin storing reserves, which means storing fat and burning lean muscle. This is partly why so many get fatter after their diet (more on that at www.betterfitnessdaily.com).

Once you are drinking adequate amounts of water, your body will release water naturally and run more efficiently. There are tons of reasons for getting adequate water in the body, healthier skin for one!

Any way you look at it, use your head and work to keep a steady flow of water. Don’t drink 3 gallons because you’re an over achiever!  Remember, it’s about balance and you don’t want to be getting up all night to pee!  Rest is important too!

A few creative ways to drink my water:

  • Buy the fancy water. Treating yourself to the fancy Evian, Figi and Voss water is definitely a motivator to drink more water.
  • Flavor it naturally.  Float lemon slices, cucumber slices or strawberries
  • Add some zing on the go. True Lemon Crystallized Fruit will add a zingy lemon flavor and vitamin C without the funky fake sugar and other nasties.
  • Glam up the water bottle

Train Hard, Eat Smart, Live Bold!

Robert Custer

 

 

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