Drink Up!! (Water that is)
Nearly two thirds of the human body is water, which is essential to every bodily function. It helps transport nutrients in, and waste products out of, cells and is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory and excretory functions. Fluid also helps maintain proper body temperature. Fluid is lost in sweat, urine, digestive processes, breathing and through the skin. Physically active people need to drink enough fluid to balance out these losses and avoid dehydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from the food we eat, while 80% comes from the beverages we drink. Adult women require about 9 cups (2.2L) and adult men require about 13 cups (2.3L) of fluid per day – and to drink enough water during exercise to replace what they lose through sweat. Even a little dehydration can undermine your physical activity goals, as it increases physiological strain, increases perceived effort during physical activity and may impair exercise performance.
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