It is very important to drink water before, during and after a workout, and throughout the day. About 60% of our body weight is water. Water is key ingredient in many of our body's reactions. Hydrogen and oxygen, which make up water, often dissociate from the water molecule, and go on to be parts of many chemical reactions in our bodies. Hydrogen atoms add to the acidity of molecules, and hydroxide molecules (which are often the result of the disassociation or water), add to the alkalinity of molecules. Thus water contributes to your acid-alkaline balance in your blood and body. Water also aids in digestion.
When you work out and burn calories, you often sweat. This can be a sign that what you are doing is effective. At the same time, it is important to drink water since this will be a key factor in the reactions taking place that your body needs in order to produce energy for your work out. Therefore, water can be a catalyst to weight loss.
It is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of water per day for good health. As with everything else, get to know your body. Do not drink more water than your body wants per day. This can lead to hyponatremia. More blogs will follow on metabolic reactions and the importance of water and other molecules.
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Some information for this blog was obtained at http://www.dietitian.com/fluids.html , http://physioweb.med.uvm.edu/bodyfluids/the.htm and http://www.freedomfly.net/Articles/Nutrition/nutrition5.htm
Accessed on November 16, 2005
Disclaimer: Information on this blog is posted for information purposes, not as a substitute for professional medical advice.