Are you thirsty right at this moment? Perhaps you feel you aren’t, but feelings can be deceptive. There is one major reason people are having difficulty getting the most out of their body in the quest for daily optimal performance. And that reason is eleven letters long and essentially an epidemic: dehydration. Our brains are composed of 80% water, and if we lose 1.5% of this water composition, our brains perform significantly less well, and in fact a significant impairment can be, and has been, documented. How fast we react, our cognitive abilities, at 1.5% loss, one can forget about comparing our brain’s performance when put next to someone who IS correctly hydrated. We have all heard in recent decades how important it is to drink water, that it is by far the most essential liquid we could ever consume and the most vital one we require. Still, we do not drink enough of it. Most people knew and learned they needed to quit cigarette smoking, but they have not learned to increase a habit which is just as vital to effective functioning. Here are some reasons you need water, but it is not enough to merely list reasons, it is important to instil the desire to regularly consume it until it becomes second nature. Let’s break it down:
How much water should one drink?
One should drink half their body weight, measured in ounces, per day. If you weight 150 lbs., drink 75 oz. of water daily. This is what is suggested if one is not an avid proponent of vigorous daily exercise. If you are very physically active, drink more water than that. Alcohol or caffeine consumption should be kept to a somewhat restricted level.
In what form should water be consumed?
In its purest form. Water by itself. Any beverage which contains water, such as soda pop, coffee, tea, Vitamin Water, Gatorade or any alcoholic beverage do not count. Any additive in the form of color or flavour are also disqualified, unless it is a natural component, such as cucumber or lemon.
Why so strict?
Soda’s chief additive, corn syrup, has been linked to chronic disease in recent years. The orange substance seen in many drinks (sports drinks included) contains Bromine. Bromine is NOT something we as human beings should be consuming, as it possesses toxic qualities. Obviously, it is tampered with from its natural form to add color to these drinks, but even in small doses, regular consumption cannot be good for someone. To be safe, avoiding additives and artificial sweetening of any kind is generally an advisable policy.
When should water be consumed, as in what time of day?
A quarter of the water you drink during the course of a day should be done at the day’s onset, in other words, first thing in the morning. It can be stretched out over, let’s say, a one to two hour period before leaving the house. This is important because we wake up in the morning ALREADY dehydrated from the sleeping process. People sometimes wonder why they weigh less when stepping on a scale in the morning versus another time of day. It is because it is the water weight which they have shed.
Any recommendations on which water to drink?
The expression, “Become a water snob” from Robert Yang works. The best water to consume is the water that contains the right minerals. Examples of the minerals you would want to drink are calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The fallacy that bottled water is superior to tap water or filtered water is not a fallacy without just cause. They generally do not retain these minerals because as a rule, they are purified. That is most bottled water, but if one looks for the products marked “Natural Spring Water” in some variation, those are the safer bets to be able to absorb the minerals desired for optimum consumption. The most commonly found of these brands available most everywhere are Figi and Evian. Mountain Valley Spring is a great choice as well, but does not enjoy the wide range of availability and perhaps recognisability that the other two enjoy. It is true that these are more costly waters to purchase, but there is a good reason for it. Simply put, it’s better for you. And you are more likely to devote yourself to the habit if you are initially investing more in the effort to acquire it, both the product and subsequently, the habit.
Why are these particular minerals such a hot topic?
Calcium has been in the news much of the last two decades, if not more. Healthy bone structure has been vociferously linked with calcium. Magnesium, as well, though there is less focus in the popular media on it, has its supporters when it comes to building and maintaining strong and healthy bones. And it has been shown medically that obtaining these minerals naturally versus the consumption of over-the-counter vitamins is the body’s generally preferred way of absorbing them. And if you’re not taking ANY vitamins anyway, you will want to start on the natural spring water yesterday.