We all know that water is a vital part of our diet. Our bodies are made up of over 60% water, and if we don’t hydrate, our body will start to take from our storage which is not good for our body. How do you know if your dehydrated? Familydoctor.org posted these signs to watch for:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Dry mouth
- Sweating stops
- Heart palpitations
The question then becomes how much water do I need to drink? About.com offers a great water calculator that helps you figure it out. Myself, I try to drink 64 – 100 oz daily on top of any water that I consume while working out.
The American Council on Fitness has suggested the following basic water intake guidelines for people doing moderate- to high-intensity exercise:
- Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising
- Drink 8 ounces of water 20 to 30 minutes before you start exercising or during your warm-up
- Drink 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise
- Drink 8 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise
Well, that’s all good, but what if you just can’t stand the taste of water. There are many great additives out there that you can put in your water to make it taste better. Personally, I prefer to stay natural, so I will add lemon or lime juice to my water. Honestly, I don’t find it tastes that bad, especially if you drink it cold.