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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

 Summer officially arrives on June 21, and if our recent weather is any indication, we are in for a hot one.  The human body is composed of 25% solids and 75% water. We can go without food for almost two months but without water only a few days.

 By not drinking enough water, many people incur excess body fat, poor muscle tone, decreased digestive and organ function, increased toxicity in the body, joint and muscle soreness and water retention. If people who are trying to lose weight don’t drink enough water, the body can’t metabolize the fat adequately.  Retaining fluid also keeps weight up.

 The International Sports Medicine Institute, has a formula for daily water intake: 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight if you’re not active (that’s ten eight-ounce glasses if you weigh 160 pounds), and 2/3 ounce per pound if you’re athletic (13 to 14 glasses a day, at the same weight).Your intake should be spread throughout the day and evening. 

 Signals of dehydration can be any of the following symptoms: Heartburn, stomach ache non-infectious recurring or chronic pain, low back pain, headache, mental irritation and depression, water retention ( ironic but true! )

Further problems can develop when you forego water and try to satisfy your thirst with soda, coffee, or alcohol-containing beverages.  While these beverages contain water, they are actually dehydrating fluids.  Not only do they eliminate the water contained in them, but they also cause you to lose further amounts of water from your body’s reserves!

 Enjoy the weather, your workouts, and stay hydrated!  If it gets too hot outside come in for a great work out at any of our three West Georgia locations.  Gold’s Gym of Dougalsville, Douglasville South and Gold’s Gym of West Cobb.

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