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Published on February 8th, 2014 | by Grinds4Gamers

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Water Intake: A Big Deal?

WATER INTAKE: A BIG DEAL?

It’s no secret that water is incredibly important to sustaining your life. Water composes

about 70% of the human body by mass and is responsible for aiding the metabolic

process and flushing toxins from your intricate body systems. But just how much of this

essential liquid do we really need?

You’ve probably heard the old adage that the proper intake of water is to drink “eight, 8

ounce glasses of water per day.” Well, you may be surprised to know that this rule isn’t

true. As a matter of fact, there is no scientific evidence that supports drinking water in

excess gives you any gain in health or performance. I’m serious, bro. Google it. The

truth is, this rule was quite possibly a misunderstanding in a document produced by the

Food and Nutrition Board back in 1945. Might as well continue with a old tradition right?

Or maybe we’ll read on and follow some more modern information.

One big glaring point our friends missed in 1945 was the fact that a good amount of

water is found in the foods we eat. As a matter of fact, if you’re eating a relatively

healthy diet, you are ingesting approximately 25% of your daily intake of water. So that

leaves the other 75% of our water intake up to pure will alone. But remember, water is

also found in the juices, sodas, coffee and teas we consume. Yes, I just cringed. Lest

we forget that we are trying to peddle health here at Grinds 4 Gamers, so I am NOT

advocating the consumption of high sugar juices and sodas, even though they

contribute to your water consumption. But we’ll touch more on that later.

So, how much? Well, truly, there are too many variables for anyone to be bold enough

to create a hard and fast rule regarding water intake per day. For example, medical

conditions, medications, climate, physical activity and many more factors affect the

body’s demand for water. There is no one rule for water intake to fit everyone’s needs!

In 2004, however, the Institute of Medicine revisited the age old question. It was noted

in their research that women who consumed about 2.7 liters of water and men that

consumed about 3.7 liters of water appeared adequately hydrated. So what does that

mean? Well, it sounds to me like it was a scientific finding with a broad, general result.

What is “adequately hydrated”? Who friggen’ knows.

So we know that there are many reasons to drink lots of water. “Lots” meaning, more

than would normally drink. When I’m working out hard on a hot day, for example, I

would generally consume more water than normal, right? Well that is probably because

I am more thirsty than if I wasn’t working out on a cold day. Look, it’s pretty simple,

when your body needs water, it’s going to tell you. The trick is paying attention to the

cues. Dry mouth? Craving for a favorite beverage? Sore muscles? Cramps? You’re

thirsty, dude. Quench it.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

If you have specific medical issues, be sure to consult your doctor.

Otherwise, try following these simple rules:

• Drink a glass of water with every meal.

• Drink a glass of water when you are thirsty.

• Drink water according to your environment and situation (hot day, excess activity = more).

• Eat healthy.

• Watch your urine. You want it to be clear. If it’s amber or dark yellow, guess what? You need water.

• Stay away from high sugar juices and sodas. They SUCK for your body.. Even the diet ones.

Any other questions, or if I got lazy and missed something, hit me up.

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About the Author

Kash is the creator of Grinds 4 Gamers and the Founder of MOG Nation Gaming & a Co-Host on the Wildcast Podcast. I'm a busy & humble public servant, daddy, hubby, game geek, Crossfit Coach and self-proclaimed Paleo chef. Need help with min-maxing your life? Hit me up at kash@grinds4gamers.com.



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