Hydration - EnerJ

Hydration

With summer starting, we thought that it would be a great time to talk about an often neglected, yet very important aspect of our health; hydration.

Why hydrate?

Did you know that the human body is made up of more than 60% of water?*1

Which makes this precious liquid the most important food that we need to consume everyday!

Whether it is for transporting nutrients to our cells, waste elimination, energy production, tissue repair, water is involved in several billion functions of our body's metabolism.

Lack of water for the human being would have slightly the same impact as if you shut down your pool's filtration system... not very pretty!

How to hydrate?

Water is the best choice of liquid.

Quantity and quality

Here are some basic daily recommendations to ensure proper hydration*2

- Pre-school and primary child: 1 litre- Female adult and teenager: 2 to 2.5 litres

- Male adult and teenager: 2.5 to 3 litres

- For each hour of aerobic physical activity, add 500ml of water.

Here is a little trick to make sure that you drink enough water daily: in a beautiful colored bottle filled with fresh water, add a few mint leaves, keep your bottle with you to remind you to drink a few sips each hour. And do not wait to be thirsty, be proactive!

The amount of water you drink is very important, and the quality is just as important. Here is an excellent source of information on water quality:

http://www.nsf.org/newsroom/drinking-water-quality-at-the-tap

And if you are interested in exploring the links between water, your emotions and your health, take a look at this book ''The True Power of Water'' du Dr Masaru Emoto.''

Cheers, Jessica and Bruno

 

*1, *2 Sources: Mayo clinic. American college of Medecine.

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