It is no secret that water plays a big part in our everyday lives, aside from the fact that we ourselves are made up of 60% water. We also use it to bathe, clean, wash clothes and to stay hydrated on a hot day, but what role does water play in your fitness journey ?
The Hidden Benefits
Water not only keeps you hydrated but also ensures that you have enough fluids between joints and ligaments to keep them rotating and working properly. Water is made of 2 compounds hydrogen and oxygen, the oxygen in water goes straight to the bloodstream and helps with energy levels while you work out. Muscle health is also directly affected by how hydrated you are. Basically, water makes it possible for you to be stronger and push harder.
Water and Weight Loss
The most important step you can take during a weight loss journey is to make water your best friend. Did you know water actually suppresses your appetite? According to Medical News Today “When the stomach senses that it is full, it sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger”. Less eating, means less calories. Less calorie consumption means more weight loss!
Water and Muscle Retention
Water is essential in muscle retention because your muscles are controlled mostly by nerves. Drinking water helps to hydrate the cells in your body and therefore can prevent the breakdown of your muscle cells!
There are tons of opinions when it comes to how much water you should drink daily. The most common formula was created by nutritionist Dr. Fredrick Stare in 1974. It suggests that you should be consuming about six to eight glasses of water per day.
We completely understand that water is not the easiest thing to drink all day, but it is the healthiest. Check out this quick 5-minute infused water recipe to make your journey more flavorful.
Strawberry, Mint and Lemon Infused Water Recipe
Keyword: Strawberries, Mint, Lemon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 10 Cal
½ cup of strawberries
5 fresh mint leaves
5 cups of water
In a large pitcher, place the strawberries, mint and lemon together. Add ice and fill the container with water. Add additional fruit or herbs to garnish, if desired.