We started the “Eating Well is Jiu-jitsu” section 10 months ago, and since then have covered numerous topics and GB athletes sharing their tips about meals and other points. Always looking for news and hints about improving quality of life, our section has been growing. What is also growing is our responsibility to our readers, as well as our desire and willpower to search for the best blogs and articles available.
Then, after an analysis we realized that we have not talked about the most important element for human health: THE WATER! Yes, you can have the world’s best foods, very high in many nutrients, organic options, etc. But above all of that, you must drink water. And the reason for such a strong recommendation follows below:
About 70% of our body is made of water. However, part of this liquid is naturally eliminated through sweat, breathing and urine. Thus, we must be always alert to replace what has been lost. “The water is responsible for transporting nutrients into the cells, as well as for controlling the body temperature. Besides, it is indispensable for the digestive and circulatory systems”, explains João César Castro Soares, endocrinologist and specialist in nutrition.
The lack of water can result in many problems to the human health. Vertigo, weakness, headaches and fatigue are all signals of dehydration. “To keep your body well hydrated you must drink, at least, 2 liters of water per day,” advises the doctor.
Now, see why the water is essential to your organism?
When we are doing physical exercise or even on a hot day, perspiration is increased and eliminates, specially, water. This is a natural reaction from our body in order to keep its temperature stable. “We must have liquids to replace this loss,” warns the expert.
It helps in digestion.
Water helps to produce enzymes, substances which participate in chemical reactions during the digestion. “The water also contributes producing the gastric acid and saliva, which helps with the digestion. Besides, water intake is beneficial to the intestine well functions.” explains the nutritionist Paula Gandin, director at the Brazilian Functional Nutrition Center.
It strengthens the body’s defenses and reduces swelling.
When the body is well hydrated, its blood circulation is increased. To this effect, the transportation of iron and other nutrients to the cells is accelerated, protecting the body against infections. “When we are well hydrated, we can eliminate the sodium, which is responsible for retaining liquids and swelling the body,” says the endocrinologist.
Correct hydration maintains correct blood volumes, responsible for transporting nutrients to the cells.
Women, attention: it prevents cellulite.
The body toxins are eliminated through the sweat and urine. A daily water intake makes this process even more effective and the organism is totally cleaned, including the cellulite toxins.
It boosts the beauty.
As we said, a well hydrated body transports the nutrients, vitamins and minerals in a faster pace. The consequence is: an exuberant skin, strong and healthy nails.
— Drink water before you get thirsty. When you feel the necessity of drinking water (thirst), it means your body is already dehydrated.
— “Regardless if this is a hot or cold weather, you must take 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. To better control this dosage, spread the quantity all over your day, defining some ‘goals’. For example: three glasses (250ml) during the morning, four glasses in the afternoon and three in the night.” advises the nutritionist.
— If you do not like to drink water, try fruit juices (natural and sugarless) or herb teas (chamomile, mint, lemon balm and lemon grass).
— Give your water some taste. Add some lemon drops, passion fruit seeds or mint leaves.
— Always keep a water bottle with you, in the office, in the car and at home.
This article has only an informative purpose and is not intended to replace professional guidance. The use of vitamins and supplements can offer you great results, but before using any product, we strongly recommend you to visit a Nutritionist, Doctor, or another specialist for an analysis and follow-up.
Note: Illustrative photos.