Hunger or Hydration - What is Your Body Really Asking For
Listen to you body and become your own best health advocate. Often we think our body is telling us that we are hungry when in reality, we are simply lacking hydration - we are in reality simply thirsty! How can we know for sure? Simple - drink a glass of water. If the glass of water satisfies you, you know your body was telling you it is thirsty.
Water Before Every Snack - Change Our Daily Habits
As a personal trainer, I literally shout hydration to my clients. All too often my clients have muscle cramps from not consuming enough water. When the body is dehydrated and then we exert ourselves - even in swim fitness, our body yells with muscle cramps - often in the legs.
Our body will tell us what we need. We simply need to listen.
Water and Our Body Composition
"Regarding specific tissues: Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water
by weight. Blood contains almost 70% water, body fat contains 10% water
and bone has 22% water. Skin also contains much water. The human body is
about 60% water in adult males and 55% in adult females." source: wikipedia.com
The Importance of Hydration to Our Health
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Maintaining good hydration is absolutely critical to maintaining good health, and it becomes even more important to pay attention to as we age. As we get older the body "dries out", and our tendons and ligaments become less resilient. Poor hydration
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How can we improve and start listening to our body better? Change our daily habits. Add a glass of water before every snack. It takes our body about 30 minutes to process food and water. Simply grab a glass of water 30 minutes before your snack.
Water Before Every Meal
Likewise, get into the habit of having a glass of water before every meal - again, preferably 30 minutes before you consume your meal.
Your Heart Needs Water
"Drinking five or more glasses of water a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease." 2
Science has proven the correlation between heart disease and the need for proper hydration in addition to the importance of pure clean water. In a clinical study: "The National Academy of Sciences concluded
"An optimum conditioning of drinking water could reduce the amount of cardiovascular disease mortality by as much as 15% in the U.S.’(10)"3
High Risk Populations - Elderly
Important Fact: The human body CANNOT store water.
We are responsible for replacing fluids on a daily basis.
"Body water turnover rate is estimated to be 4 percent of total body weight to maintain normal body functions, which include excretion of body waste and evaporation from the lungs and skin. Recommendations for adequate water intake by adults are generally based upon several factors: humidity, temperature, altitude, exercise status, and use of diuretic medications."
Dehydration in the Elderly
"Dehydration occurs when water balance is negative; that is, intake of water is less than its loss (McArdle, Katch, & Katch, 1996). This issue is especially pertinent to older adults when total available body water has decreased because of losses in muscle mass, changes in the cells as people age, less efficient kidney function, and reduced thirst sensation. Thirst is usually the most important mechanism used to increase water consumption. When the volume of body water decreases, thirst signals the brain and triggers the person to consume fluids. Older adults, compared with other segments of the population, have impaired responses to reduced body water; thus, they are most vulnerable to dehydration."
Health information - Water Hydration and Muscle Cramping
Ever wake up in the middle of the night clutching your calf in pain? Often called a "Charlie Horse," this is just one type of cramp that could be prevented by being more hydrated. (Talk about leading a horse to water....) Cramps are the involuntary muscle contraction. It is the muscles way of saying you need to add water. Just as a flower or plant wilts with lack of water, so too, our body responds with an automatic contraction of the muscles. The muscle cramps from lack of hydraiton are most commonly in the legs or extremities.
Muscle Cramps - Lack of Water Common
" Theory #1. Lack of water. Cramps often occur when an athlete is dehydrated.
On a daily basis, drink enough fluids so you have to urinate every two to four hours. Your urine should be light colored and copious.
During extended exercise, drink as much as tolerated, optimally 8 ounces every 15-20 minutes. "
Copyright November, Nancy Clark, MS, RD author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook 4th Edition.
Important Fact About Drinking Water
The body CANNOT store water.
Elderly Especially At Risk for Lack of Hydration
Lack of water - from drinking liquids to hydration from foods is a significant health concern for all of us. For some, lack of hydration may lead to over eating. For the elderly, lack of hydration may pose serious medical problems such as muscle spasms, renal dysfunction, increased risk of bladder cancer and even death. Amazingly, we can live without food but we cannot live without water = hydration is critical.Research in 2002 detailed that the elderly are at a higher risk - a very high risk - one in three are lacking hdyration.
- Hydration Affects Our Metabolism
Our bodies tell us when we need to drink more water. There is a balance needed to keep the body working at top form, and this can affect your metabolism and other important bodily functions. When we are kids, we know when we are thirsty and we ask fo
Water for Weight Loss
Changing your habits, adding water before every meal and every snack may also deliver some extra benefits of greater muscle retention, higher metabolism and possibly less weight.
Diets need to start and end and always be reminded of hydration. You must actively think about is hydration. Remember, drinking water is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your body and for losing weight.
Clinical studies have shown that 37% of us mistake hunger for thirst!
Change Your Metabolic Rate by 30%
"Drinking 500 ml of water can increase your metabolic rate by 30% and helps to convert food into energy."1
Hydrate Your Muscles First
Muscles are made of 75% of water. Hydrate your muscles first. Our body is 70% water - our muscles are 75% water. Muscles have the power to change our metabolism and make the greatest changes in our body composition and overall appearance and total body weight.
Don't confuse hunger with thirst. How can you tell the two apart? Easy--drink a glass of water if you think you're hungry. If that satisfies you, it was thirst. As a preventative measure, reach for water before snacks and about half an hour before meals. You'll likely drop some extra weight as an added benefit.
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Education is the Key to Diet and Nutrition
Education is the key to diet and nutrition. If we learn what our body is really asking for and deliver the real needs of your body, we can provide better fuel and feel better both physically and emotionally.
- Your body needs hydration, more water because:
- Weight Loss
- More Energy
- Protect Organs
- Regulates Body Temperature
- Flushes Toxins
- Moisturizes Skin and Tissue - Internal and External
© 2010 Kelly Kline Burnett