Water really is the key to a healthy body. Being fully hydrated should be your daily goal, so we need to drink water. Our bodies are two-thirds water. Our blood is 90% water and our muscles are over 70% water. The functioning of all our cells and organs depends on adequate hydration. When we are fully hydrated our whole body works like a well-oiled engine.
How Much Do We Need?
Water is essential to our optimum health and the simple fact is that most of us don’t drink enough. We need to replace the 1.5 litres we lose every day through breathing, sweating and going to the bathroom. Therefore on average we should be drinking 2 litres of fresh, clean, pure water everyday, or 25-35ml per kg body weight.
Drink 25-35ml per kg body weight
A Note On Too Much Water
Yes, you can drink too much, especially if you’re losing precious electrolytes and not restoring the balance. It is these electrolytes, sodium, magnesium and potassium that control the delicate balance of water inside and outside of our cells. We lose these salts through sweat so they must be replaced. If you have a heavy session and the weather is hot, bear in mind that you may sweat more than normal and so should replace these by adding some normal table salt to your water and by having a banana and some nuts.
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Emma is the Director of Nutrition and co-founder of GourmetFuel®. She has developed an entire range of health meals and meal plans to compliment healthy living and fuel performance. Emma Buckley B.Sc RNutr, is a Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition, from Dublin, Ireland. A UCD graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry a Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health and a Higher Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. In almost two decades as a nutritionist she has worked with some of Ireland’s most well known food and health brands. She is an international keynote conference speaker on nutrition and health. She has worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes and coaches covering all track, field and combat sports at the highest levels. Her understanding of how food and the body work together along with a team of gourmet chefs, helps GourmetFuel create a beautiful range of healthy, delicious meals. Emma specialises in weight management, sports nutrition and maternal/postnatal and infant nutrition.
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