My Challenge Today:

The driving force …

By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC


 

Water is the driving force of all nature.

~ Leonardo da Vinci

 


 

Water is the driving force of all nature ~ wow, that’s a powerful statement! According to the Mayo Clinic ~ water makes up about 60% of our total body weight. Every system in our body depends on water to operate smoothly. Water flushes toxins out of our organs, keeps our mucus membranes moist and carries vital nutrients to all parts of our body. I have heard it said that water is to the human body the same as oil is to a car. It must be replaced regularly to keep all the systems working efficiently.

 

Not having enough water in your body can lead to dehydration and even a mild-dehydration can drain your physical and mental energy, making you feel lethargic. We lose water everyday through normal bodily functions like breathing, perspiring and using the toilet — that doesn’t include what you might lose by exercising vigorously or being outside on a hot summer day.

 

So how much, you say? The Living Fit Lifestyle recommends 2-3 liters per person / per day as a goal. The Institute of Medicine has determined that an adequate amount of fluid for a man is 3 liters — woman 2.2 liters! And, I have heard some recommendations say 1.5 oz. per 1 LB of body weight, that’s a bit more specific and definitely worth considering, once you have mastered the 2-3 liters per day on a regular basis.

 

There are factors that will affect your needs such as exercise, exercise intensity, environment, illness and pregnancy. When you exercise with enough intensity to break a sweat, it’s recommended to consume an additional 1.5-2.5 glasses of water to compensate. When you are engaged in a long fitness session, such as training for a race, it is recommended to consider supplementing with a sports drink to include electrolytes — I like to suggest Emergen C — it has a wide spectrum of minerals, minimal calories, comes in a variety of flavors and in easy single serving packs that you can take with you. You may also need extra fluids when you are sick, pregnant or breast feeding.

 

In general, drink enough water each day so that you don’t feel thirsty, your urine is colorless or light yellow and keep in mind, it is rare for an individual to drink too much water or eat too many vegetables!!

 


 

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