According to The Journal of Physiology, 75 per cent of your body is made up of water. Not surprisingly, dehydration will make your life exhausting because you are depriving yourself of nutrients. And, more often than not, because thirst is a poor indication of dehydration, we often don’t realise we’re not drinking enough fluids until it’s a little too late.
Says Dr Maxime Buyckx, director of Health and Wellness Programs at the Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, The Coca- Cola Company: “Most people don’t realise it, but they do not have a sufficient intake of fluids during the day.” While eight glasses of water per day is a reliable guide, factors such as air-conditioning, diet and physical activity levels all influence the amount of fluids one needs to drink.
Even if you’re not thirsty, drink 250ml of water every 30 minutes during your workout.
A 2007 US study on the effects of hydration on the skin reports that drinking about two cups of water can increase blood flow to the skin.
At least four hours before you lift weights, consume about 3ml of water per 0.45kg of body weight. Water is the best choice, but other beverages can help keep you hydrated, too.
To rev up your metabolism, drink at least 450ml of water the moment you wake up. (A smaller amount had no effect.) And to increase the weight loss effect of water, guzzle at least a gallon over the course of a day.
More studies are being carried out to establish the relationship between erectile dysfunction and water. But several experts say it’s considered one of the best natural remedies available, as it can boost the body’s circulation levels, as well as flush toxins and cholesterol out of the body.