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Chances Are, You're Dehydrated!
Do you seem to be hungry all the time? Get a lot of headaches? Fatigued? These are just a few of the symptoms of dehydration. And, according to a report from CBS, about 75 percent of people suffer from chronic dehydration. This is especially concerning as mother nature turns up the heat in the summer months and we are spending more time in the sun, and, likely indulging more in sodas and alcoholic beverages at summer barbecues.
The adult body is composed of approximately 60 percent water, with your muscles being 75 percent, and your brain 85 percent H2O. You can imagine the toll it takes on you then, when you deprive your body of the water that it needs. So, how much water should you be drinking, exactly? The following is an excerpt from the 9Round Nutrition Guide…
Staying hydrated is more than just drinking lots of water. There are hidden factors to take into account.
For example: Caffeine, like alcohol, is a diuretic and consumption should be limited. Before you get depressed about losing your morning coffee, please understand that a small amount of caffeine each day is okay. In fact, caffeine can actually give your metabolism a small boost. Just be sure to drink 12-16 ounces of water each time you eat and with each caffeinated beverage or alcoholic beverage, if you chose to have one.
Water is a natural detoxifier for your body’s cells. While a gallon of water each day is ideal, if you just can’t do that, aim for six to eight 16-ounce glasses a day. This is tough at the start for some and yes, it will lead to an increase in visits to the bathroom. But remember, this is essential for your body, so don’t skip it! Soon, you’ll notice that you are easily able to drink this much water daily without even thinking about it.
Lastly, you MUST make water your very first drink of the day! Have one full 12-ounce glass of plain water upon rising each morning, before coffee or any food. The body has fasted for 7-8 hours (hopefully) and is in a state of dehydration each morning. Hydrate first thing and you’re starting your muscles and brain off on the right track.
If you haven’t had your first glass today, water you waiting for? Start sipping, friends! And if you just can't stomach the idea of chugging down all that plain water, spice it up a bit with these ideas!
In addition to a heart-pumping, sweat-inducing 30-minute kickboxing workout, 9Round also provides members expert nutritional support to help them meet their fitness goals. 9Round’s members-only online portal provides nutritional guidance in the form of meal planning, recipe ideas, nutritional supplements, and more - all at no additional cost to the member. To learn more about 9Round’s nutrition program, contact your local 9Round location.