I have been realizing lately the importance of drinking water. It's amazing to me how much my meal size shrinks and my unhealthy snacking stops when I am consuming the amount of water I should be. It make sense that if the body is up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight, as is the brain; body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. Each day humans must replace 2.4 liters of water, some through drinking and the rest taken by the body from the foods eaten. Why should you drink water? Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. I believe that when I was at my highest weight I was in a continuous state of mild dehydration and thought it was hunger pains thus causing me to eat more which food contains water but it would have been way healthier if I would of just had a pint of water instead of food. So now the question bears How much water do I drink or how much should one drink...For me I try to get a least a gallon of water per day. I place the gallon of water on my desk at work to remind me to drink. Now that doesn't mean you should because we are all created differently. I must for warn you that drinking this much does mean that you are in the bathroom like a 5 year old , yet I have now realized one of my keys to being healthy no matter how small it may seem to at the time that drinking water is of most importance!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wow summer is here and our blog has come to a screeching halt...I hope to spend more time processing and writing about the hunter/gather process. What has been going on in our world lately..Backpacking,Birthday parties, friends in from out of town and thus having a reason to skip the great workouts...No... but alas it has been a week or so since I have been to Crossfit. I must say that seeing the callouses that I have worked to hard to build are starting to come off. I love that Crossfit has a 6am class and it was great to see Tobias face this morning.