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Everyone knows that water is imperative for life and healthy function of the human body. Water makes up about 60% of our overall body composition, 90% of our blood volume, and is a contributing element to every single function and structure of the human body. That said, it’s can be unclear just how pivotal water is, and, further, what the correct intake amount should be. Here are a few facts and tips to help you:

-          Brain Function: your brain is 73% water; drinking enough water helps maintain and can improve focus, memory, cognition, motor skills, central nervous function and mood

-          Energy Levels: water intake improves blood circulation and allows oxygen to be more effectively delivered to your cells, allowing them to work quicker and more efficiently

-          Joint Health: cartilage is 80% water by weight; staying hydrated keeps joints protected, cushioned, lubricated and pain-free. Water can also help stave off arthritis

-          Waste Removal: water helps to quickly remove the physiological waste byproducts that accumulate from normal bodily function; water also helps preserve digestive system health

-          Muscle & Bone Health: muscle is 80% water, bone is 30%; water helps muscle tissue contract efficiently, preventing cramps; water protects bone from becoming brittle

-          Weight Loss: drinking enough water, especially before meals, can help prevent over consumption of calories, making you less prone to gain weight

In addition to understanding all the things that water does for us and our bodies, it’s helpful to know what best ways we can achieve our needed water intake:

-          General rule of thumb suggests that you should drink half of your total bodyweight in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 150lbs, you need to drink at least 75oz of water

-          While drinking pure water is the best way to consume your H2O, eating fruits and vegetables and drinking low calorie juices and sparkling water can still count towards your water intake

-          Even coffee and tea can count, but because of the diuretic effect of caffeine, you do not want to limit your intake to these beverages

-          You can offset the negative effects of alcohol by mixing hard alcohol with water (ie vodka/soda, or vodka/water), as well as drink a glass of water for every glass of beer you have

If you are curious about where you are on your own personal water intake habits, stop into Sentinel Performance and try out our InBody scale! This way we can show exactly what per cent of your body is made up of water, and help you make any necessary adjustments! We’d love to see you! Until then, drink up, gang!

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