If you’ve been to Total Being Fitness, I’m sure you’ve been asked or have heard us ask the question “How much water are you drinking?” With good reason, water is the most essential nutrient and most abundant substance. Water makes up 72% of the human body.
For everybody who likes numbers, our brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% water and even bones are 31% water!
Water also helps with a lot of other processes that occur in the body, water extends far beyond just a tool to detoxify the body of toxins stored in body fat. This nutrient also helps lubricate joints, relieve constipation, transports oxygen and nutrients to cells. A study also done by Harvard and Ohio State researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 6 glasses of water lowered your risk of bladder cancer by 50% in comparison to 1 glass of water a day.
Optimal intake for water can be confusing if you’re looking all over the internet for the info, there are a lot of formulas out there, I like to keep it simple.
½ your bodyweight in ounces= good hydration level or 230lbs = 115 ounces
Now, dependent on your activity level you may need way more or something like this.
½ bodyweight (230)= 115 ounces + 30%= 145 ounces
The higher your activity level the higher your level of perspiration (sweat) and respiration (breathing) the more intake of water you need, you could technically go even higher with that percentage, if needed.
As you can see, from a health perspective, which should always be number one priority, water is essential in optimal function of the body. Body fat and weight loss goals are result of a proper functioning body, nourish your body and take care of yourself.
Brian Aemisegger A.C.E. (American Council of Exercise) C.P.T
N.A.S.M. (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Fitness Nutrition Specialist
10 years training experience
References: New England Journal of Medicine