We know we are supposed to drink plenty of water. Unless you live under a rock that is a basic. Most of us also know that our bodies are around 60% water, give or take.
It is commonly recommened that we drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (the 8×8 rule). Did you also know that water is the SECOND most popular beverage in the US? Can you guess the first? It is soft drinks! Can you imagine. Sugary soda is a HUGE health hazard upping the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems.
Although there is little science behind this specific rule, staying hydrated is important.
Here are 7 evidence-based health benefits of drinking plenty of water.
1. Water Helps to Maximize Physical Performance – MUSCLE FUEL
If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer.
This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat.
Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content. However, it is not uncommon for athletes to lose up to 6-10% of their water weight via sweat.
This can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue and make exercise feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally.
Optimal hydration has been shown to prevent this from happening, and may even reduce the oxidative stress that occurs during high intensity exercise. This is not surprising when you consider that muscle is about 80% water.
So, if you exercise intensely and tend to sweat, then staying hydrated can help you perform at your absolute best.