Saturday, March 12, 2011
I just read that the average person sweats out 1 Quart of water during a 1 hour work out. Amazing! 1 Quart = 32 ozs. 32 ozs. = 4 Cups of water. Now, I can see why you need to be drinking 8+ cups of water a day. My workout water bottle holds 27 oz which is 3+ cups. I count it as 3 cups of water in my daily count. But now I can see where I could still be thirsty in the afternoon after drinking 6 cups of water in the morning & at lunch. Also, I found out that lack of water is a big cause of daytime fatigue. I am on a low sodium diet & I am consciously eating enough fruits & veggies, so it is probably not from food. I also just read that people don't become thirsty until after they are already dehydrated. So, it is recommended that you drink enough to satisfy your thirst and then drink some more. Like this morning, I woke up thirsty. So, I had my first thing in the morning 1 & 1/2 cup of water before breakfast. 8 oz 1% Organic Milk with breakfast. And now another 1 & 1/2 cup of H2O. I am going to drink a protein drink (1/2 c. Coconut Milk, 1/2 c. Mango Juice, 2 T. Pomegranate Juice & 2 T. Hemp Protein) 1 hour before Zumba class. And drink from my 27 oz refillable water bottle during my work out. So that would get me to 6 cups of water after my workout. So in my estimation, I should probably drink 4 more cups of water a day. That would get me to 10. What do you think?
Here is another reason to drink all of our water a day (as if the above was not enough!):
When dieting, it is important to consciously drink water to make sure you get enough. Water is a necessary part of the bodyís fat utilization process. Water assists the body in metabolizing stored fat because your liver, which metabolizes fat, becomes overloaded when your kidneys donít get enough water. Your liverís fat processing function is compromised when it has to do the kidneysí job as well. Water also helps suppress appetite and relieve fluid retention problems.