Nutrition Tips – November 2012

WATER! It’s often overlooked but absolutely imperative to good health and excellent function in the gym or outside.

Your body is made up of up to 75% water, depending on how much body fat you carry. Here are just a few of the reasons you should up that intake on a daily basis:

  • Regulating body temperature
  • Carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Protecting body organs and tissues
  • Lubricating joints
  • Helping dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body
  • Moistening tissues for your mouth, eyes, and nose
  • Flushing out waste products

Our bodies require about 2 liters per day just for optimal body function as per the list above. Additional fluids are needed if you are active or if the weather is hot. If you attend fitness classes like hot yoga the water intake requirement goes up yet again.

Most people are dehydrated and often will mistake that dehydration for hunger. The next time you think you’re hungry have a tall glass of water and wait ten minutes! Symptoms of dehydration can also include dizziness, cramps, fatigue and can cause urine to turn a dark yellow or brownish colour.

Make sure you are drinking at least 2 liters of water daily in addition to the fluids you get from your food. This will help your body function at its best!

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