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Proper Hydration Promotes Peak Performance

Did you know you can survive 30 days or more without eating, but not more than 3 days without drinking water.  Water is the most important substance you can put into your body beside air of course.

The average body contains 40-50 quarts of water, which means your body is 50-70% water.

So how much water should you be drinking?

A common misconception is to think it’s enough to drink only when you’re thirsty.  Surprisingly, thirst lags far behind the body’s need for water and therefore is not an accurate indicator of your body’s hydratiion needs.  So to stay healthy and hydrated, make a conscious decision to take in at least 2 1/2 to 3 quarts of water a day.

That may sound like a lot of water but consider this: You are “always” losing water. Your body loses up to 3 quarts (12 8oz glasses) of water a day when you are just sitting around.  Even more when you exercise, via increased breathing and perspiration. To maintain peak performance, it is important to drink water before, during and after a workout.

Hydration affects performance, regardless of the extent and type of activity. Peak performance for any type of activity, be it office work, relaxing or exercising, requires proper hydration.

Studies have shown that even a loss of 1 to 2% of the body’s water, which is easy to with an hours worth of vigorous exercise will significantly decrease your performance level.  Losing 4% of the body’s water results in a 22% decline in performance.  A lose of 6 to 7% of your body’s water and you may begin to feel symptoms of dehydration, such as weakness, dizziness, headache and even speech difficulties.

Yours in Health, Naturally!

Dr. Gould