Why Hydration Matters

Water is the most widely available, inexpensive, and important nutrient to the body for our overall health.

Water is all around us and practically free! The human body is more than 70% water, with the brain being 80% water by weight.

Human beings can survive weeks without food, but only 3 days without water. Did you know that a 2% drop in total body water aka dehydration, can lead to significant cognitive decline and more than a 20% decrease in athletic performance?

Time and time again during my client consultations I find that the vast majority of them are in a constant state of mild dehydration. The signs of mild dehydration include: thirst, not peeing enough, dark yellow urine, headache, muscle cramps and more. By simply hydrating themselves properly, their quality of life and function would increase substantially with no other interventions.

As a general rule of thumb, I have my clients aim for 60% of their bodyweight in ounces of clean filtered water. For example, if I have a 135 pound female client, I’ll set her target at 135*.6= 81 ounces per day. This 60% rule also accounts for water loss from exercise and coffee consumption.

I will briefly mention that during the summer months, or strenuous exercise, the demand on the body for more water as well as replacing electrolytes increases. It’s always best to start somewhere and drinking more water would be a good place to begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me 🙂 – chris@westchesterfit.com

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