by Kim MacKenzie, www.bodyarcher.com and on Twitter @BodyArcher

Thanks to that “8 Glasses of Water” a day rule, most people assume they drink enough water throughout the day. Key word, “ASSUME.” Generally, though, in my experience as a Pilates Instructor, people tend to count other beverages like tea, coffee, or (gasp) tonic water as “water.” Hey, it’s in the title, right? Wrong. You need a good splash of REAL water in the face, my friend, if you don’t see the extra ingredients and calories on the back (and you might as well drink a soda, because they basically have the same nutritional value).

Real water has no calories. And as for coffee and tea, unless its decaffeinated or herbal, the caffeine in the coffee and/or tea is a diuretic which causes your system to filter food, water, and nutrients faster. More water out than in, causes dehydration. Chapped lips, dry skin, fatigue, irritability, dry mouth, headache, constipation, dizziness, and confusion can all be signs of dehydration, as well as thirst. 

Did you know that if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated? Thus the moral of the story is, practice drinking water when you are not feeling thirsty. Dehydration symptoms are noticeable after 2% of one’s normal water volume has been lost. And, according to the US Geological Society, our bodies are 60% water, our brains are 70% water, and our lungs are 90% water! That makes losing 2% of our normal water volume not too hard to do. So, if you’re experiencing the symptoms of dehydration, you probably are consistently dehydrated, and don’t even realize it!

Proper hydration is essential to a healthy body and life. Water helps digest our food, circulate our blood, create salvia, transport nutrients, and control our body temperature.

In this 9-glass series, you will learn all the benefits to drinking water, as well as what kind of water you should be drinking, tips on how to drink more water throughout your day, as well as what happens when you go overboard and drink too much water.

Stay tuned for another glassful next week!

Drink up!

Kim MacKenzie

Fitness Expert and President of Body Archer

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