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When it comes to choosing the best beverage for our health, there is one clear winner, and it’s not that superfood spirulina smoothie.
Good old fashioned H2O is vital to supporting optimal body functions from physical to mental performance. Here we look at just some of the reasons why the next drink you reach for should be a tall glass of refreshing water.
Fuelled by water
Throughout our lives, the proportion of our bodies made up by water can vary, from an astonishing 75 per cent at the time we are born, to an average of 55-60 per cent once we reach adulthood, according Dr Jeffrey Utz of Allegheny University, as reported by the US Geological Survey.
This water content is present in our brain, heart, lungs, muscles, other interior organs as well as our skin and even our bones. WebMD states that water is responsible for keeping a wide array of bodily functions working properly, from regulating our body temperature to flushing out waste and supporting optimal digestion.
“If you’re generally healthy, consider drinking a glass of water with each meal and between each meal, as well as before, during and after exercise,” advise the health experts at the prestigious Mayo Clinic.
As we are constantly losing water throughout the day, it is important we replace our fluid levels with plenty of H2O – remember if you live in a hot country, you may need to supplement you water intake more than those in cooler regions due to water loss from sweat.
“If you don’t get enough water, you could become dehydrated,” warns WebMD. “If you get very dehydrated, your body no longer has enough fluid to get blood to your organs.”
Hydration is a key element of being able to perform to your peak.
Your body will begin to give you warning signs if you’re starting to become dehydrated. Firstly, you’ll feel thirsty, which Livestrong reports can occur when our body is at as little as 1 per cent water loss.
Other symptoms include being fatigued and having a dry mouth, with your skin potentially loosing its natural elasticity, says Livestrong.
“Your ability to perform athletically can decline with a very small amount of dehydration,” Amanda Carlson, director of performance nutrition for Athletes’ Performance told WebMD. “Just losing 2 per cent of your body weight in fluid can decrease performance by up to 25 per cent.”
The US National Library of Medicine supports this finding, describing water as the “most important, yet overlooked nutrient for athletes”.
Our brain on water
As well as helping to support our sporting endeavours, water has been shown to have an impact on cognitive performance.
According to research published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, dehydration can negatively impact our concentration and alertness, especially in children and young adults as well as in seniors.
“Being dehydrated by just 2 per cent impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor, and immediate memory skills, as well as assessment of the subjective state,” says a report published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Some studies have even linked drinking sufficient water with productivity, so make sure you keep a glass on your desk throughout the day!
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