Hey CAMPers! I’m here to introduce you to your new best friend, H2O.
What’s the big deal?
About 60% of a male’s body weight and about 50% of a female’s body weight is purely H2O. Water is used to transport nutrients between body cells, remove waste, and aid in digestion. Your blood is a fluid, right? Guess what! It’s 93% water. Your muscles even produce water when they burn sugar. Getting enough water also allows your body to return to normal bowel function, correct metabolism, and healthy endocrine gland function. Long story short, your body is water.
It has been shown that athletes who lose more than 2 percent of their body weight during exercise lose both their mental edge and their ability to perform at their optimum level. In order to be on top of your game, it is critical to have enough water in your system.
You don’t have to wear a Camelbak to school and drink all day long to get the water your body needs, although I guess you could. You can get water from foods such as oatmeal, lettuce, broccoli, yogurt, and tomatoes, which all have water content of above 75%. However, the best way to get water is, of course, by drinking it!
Here are some tips to help you get more water throughout your day.
Drink a glass of water…
As soon as you get up for the day. Your body has been deprived of water while you’ve been sleeping. Replenish what your body needs first thing in the morning.
Every time you get a junk food craving. Not only will you be more hydrated, but you can cut down on food that Andrew doesn’t want you eating anyway.
Before you sit down to eat a meal. You’re less likely to overeat if you drink water before you start chowing down. If you’re at a restaurant, try to drink the entire glass before the waiter comes back to fill it.
Before, during, and after exercise. The body loses lots of water when exerting energy. Keep water handy so you can perform to the best of your ability, especially if your body loses more water than others. (If that person is you, remember that bringing a towel or an extra shirt never hurt anybody, either.)
When you’re thirsty. Your body knows what it needs, so listen to it!
There are other plenty of other benefits to drinking water, too:
It’s cheap-nobody makes you pay for a water cup.
It’s impressive- people love hearing how long it’s been since you’ve had a soda.
It’s a way out of any awkward situation- you always need an excuse to visit the restroom.