Lack of water immediately transforms in a less effective nutrition plan. When on a diet water is the most important ingredient you need to look at and so few people understand this. Many individuals start counting calories, fat grams, protein grams etc., but fail to know how much water they drink. It is very important in nutrition and bodybuilding in general to know how much water you consume.
Your body is about 80% water and it goes into stress rapidly if you dehydrate. You can live for weeks without food but for only few days without water. Water is required for every process that takes place in the body. No mater how much protein you eat, your system cannot break it down into amino acids without water. Without enough water, your body simply cannot utilize all of the nutrients you consume.
In addition to water’s role in digestion, it also protects and lubricates your joints. It acts as a cushion to absorb shock. Water is also required for the fluid that lubricates the sheath surrounding and protecting the tendons. Without water, your joints and muscles would “freeze up” just like any precision machine without lubrication.
The minimum amount of water you should drink per day is 8 large cups and even more when you are doing a strenuous exercise routine, when you are working out you perspire lot and through this you lose on an average around 4 cups every hour.
This of course will depend on several factors such as your body weight, size and how vigorous your routine is, that is in a moderate climate, if you are working out in a hot climate you will of course lose much more than this.
There is a myth about water which is most misunderstood. When you feel thirsty, you need to drink water or else you will go into dehydration……. Is this true???
Fact: Your body is already into a state of dehydration when you feel thirsty.
Signs of dehydration:
Your throat begins to feel sore and your voice may turn hoarse.
A burning sensation in your stomach.
You develop a headache.
You feel tired.
Your hands may feel cold.
Your skin feels dry.
If you get any of these feeling during your workout or even during any other activity, just refresh yourself with some water and then continue your work. To make sure that you do not reach the state of dehydration, drink a plenty of water throughout the day.