What is the best amount of water intake and why is it so important?
1 gallon its good for ur kidneys especially when ur pounding them with creatine protien pre workout and pills etc...
and if u mix ur shakes in water, drink water from the fountain while working out.. and then for all other times drink from a 1 gallon jug u should be close to putting down about 2 gallons
Why Water Is Important
About 65% of your body is water:
- 92% of your blood is water.
- bones are 22% water
- Muscles are 75% water
- Brain is 75% water
What water does in your body:
- flush out waste
- regulates the body temperature
- carries nutrients and oxygen through your body
- Moistens the air you breathe out
- Protects and cushions vital organs
- Helps you swallow and digest
- Cushions joints
What are signs of dehydration?
- thirst (you should never be thirsty)
- dark pee
- irregular peeing habits
- dry throat/mouth
- dry/itchy skin
What are signs of good hydration?
- peeing about every 4 hours (when awake)
- light yellow pee
- never thirsty
Ins and Outs of Water
How do I lose water?
- Urine (and stool), essential to remove waste from the body
- Sweating, to maintain body temperature under extreme stress
You're always "sweating" to a certain level, maybe you won't
have sweat beads or feel wet, but your skin is moist, and as
you know, water evaporates.
How do I take water in?
Just as humans, animals and plants are made up largely of water.
Which means aside from the fluids you take in, you also get
significant amounts of water from foods. For example, meat on
average contains 30%-40% water after cooking.
Vegetables 85%-98% on average
fruits 85-90% on average
On top of that good sources of water are:
- bottled water
- Fresh squeezed juices
- caffeine free soft drinks
Bad (or poor) water sources are:
- caffeine containing soft drinks
- alcoholic drinks
Why are these bad? Because the caffeine and alcohol in the
beverages are diuretic, causing the body to lose more water
than it takes in from the beverage.
Alright guys... thanks for your help...
What I have also found is that if I down 1-2liters of water before my workout I can lift heavier and longer(stamina). I also dont take water breaks during the workout because I am already fully hydrated. I also believe drinking to much water during workouts is counter productive to strength and stamina, but thats just from my experience.
Water intake for the sedentary-light activity person is usually your bodyweight divided by 2. The more active you are, the more you want to drink.
Water helps your metabolism by burning calories. All actions requiring the preparation of waste requires energy that inturns burns calories. While small, these can be seen in the long run as an aid to weight loss. Walking to the bathroom, and everything in between.
It can also give the sense of feeling full, as well as looking full. You will also feel less incline to eat when sipping on water.
Hope this helps
The Importance Of Water
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Water is a fundamental part of our lives. It is easy to forget how completely we depend on it. Human survival is dependent on water - water has been ranked by experts as second only to oxygen as essential for life. The water you drink literally becomes you! Since such a large percentage of our bodies is water, water must obviously figure heavily in how our bodies function. We need lots of fresh water to stay healthy. Aside from aiding in digestion and absorption of food, water regulates body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and removes toxins and other wastes. This "body water" also cushions joints and protects tissues and organs, including the spinal cord, from shock and damage. Conversely, lack of water (Dehydration) can be the cause of many ailments.
Water and Weight loss
Among it's other benefits, water plays a major part in weight loss. Since water contains no calories, it can serve as an appetite suppressant, and helps the body metabolize stored fat, it may possibly be one of the most significant factors in losing weight.
Drinking more water helps to reduce water retention by stimulating your kidneys. Studies have recommended that if you are overweight according to average height and weight comparison charts, you should add one glass of water to your daily requirement (of eight glasses) for every 25 pounds over your recommended weight.
Dehydration leads to excess body fat, poor muscle tone & size, decreased digestive efficiency & organ function, increased toxicity, joint & muscle soreness, & water retention. Water works to keep muscles and skin toned.
The digestion of solid foods depends on the presence of copious amounts of water. Constipation is a frequent symptom of dehydration. Increased water, along with increased fiber, will usually totally eliminate a problem. Pain from ulcers and heartburn all decrease with increased water intake. Water eliminates toxins and water from the body.
Adults lose nearly 6 pints (12 cups) of water every day. We lose 1/2 cup to 1 cup a day from the soles of our feet. Another 2 to 4 cups is lost from breathing. Perspiration accounts for another 2 cups. Another 3 pints (6 cups) are lost in urine.
If you're not drinking sufficient water, your body starts retaining water to compensate for this shortage. To eliminate fluid retention, drink more water, not less. If you don't drink enough water to maintain your body's fluid balance, you can impair every aspect of your body's physiological function.
Water lubricates our joints. The cartilage tissues found at the ends of long bones and between the vertebrae of the spine hold a lot of water, which serves as a lubricant during the movement of the joint. Joint pain frequently decreases with increased water intake and flexing exercises to bring more circulation to the joints.
75% of the upper body weight is supported by the water volume that is stored in the spinal disc core. 25% is supported by the fibrous materials around the disc. Back pain is frequently alleviated with hydration.
How much water should you drink?
A non active person needs a half ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. That is ten 8 ounce glasses a day if your weight is 160 pounds. For every 25 pounds you exceed you ideal weight, increase it by one 8 ounce glass. An active, athletic person needs 2/3 ounce per pound which is 13-14 8 ounce glasses a day if you're 160 pounds. The more you exercise the more water you need. Spread out your water intake throughout the day. Do not drink more than 4 glasses within any given hour. After a few weeks your bladder calms down and you will urinate less frequently, but in larger amounts.
cant remember where i found this sorry I cant reff this
safe to drink
what do you think!?!?!
That depends where you live! I get all my water at home from my tap but I have a RO systems with 5 filters then i pour the water through my brita... i know its overkill but i can drink this all day it tastes great
At bare minimum you should use a brita filtering system, costco sells them for around $40 i think!
so all in all after reading everyones posts... water is essential for weightlifting...
I use filters
body weight in ounces when you get to 200+ take as needed
Im wondering if by drinking large amounts of water that my body loses electrolytes? I have noticed that I get bad calf and feet cramps alot the more water I drink. I consume on average 1 to 1.5 gallons a day. I am low carb so I avoid the typical sports drinks as the sugar content is high. I have tried smart water and that seemed to help some that and just started some taurine too. Oh well will see if that helps calf cramps suck especially at 3 am.
Add sea salt to your food
I use either sea salt or kosher salt never iodized..food just taste better with either of those 2. Well at least I know that too much water isnt the culprit more than likely im missing something in my diet.