Agua, water, Adam’s ale, aqua pura, or just plain old water. It makes up nearly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, it’s in our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds. But how much do we really know about our old friend H2O? How much water is sufficient to meet our sweaty, Primal lifestyles? Will increasing our water intake not only improve our health but promote fat burning? (something I know I wouldn’t mind!) Let’s take a look . . .
What is water?
Water is fairly simple. It’s made up of two parts hydrogen to one part oxygen. Water is continually changing it’s form between water vapor, liquid, and solid ice. Thanks greatly to our planet being a like a terrarium, a “closed system,” a majority of the matter, including water, does not get lost and is actually recycled by the Earth.
In water’s case, a process known commonly as “the water cycle” allows the water you’re drinking at this moment to very well be the same water a dinosaur bathed in billions of years ago. Cool stuff huh?
Where is water?
Not all water is accessible and drinkable by humans. Here are some interesting facts: About 69 percent of water on earth is locked away in glaciers and ice caps. Almost all of the rest of water on Earth is underground. Only .3 percent of total fresh water is contained in rivers and lakes, the two sources we use the most. There are 332.5 million cubic miles of water in total on Earth. Try thinking of how big of an area that number fills. Now think about how only 0.007 percent of total water on Earth is consumed by humans. Still a pretty big area.
How can water benefit you?
The question we’re most interested by. If you’ve ever been dehydrated, you know the headaches, dizziness, and other side effects of not taking in enough water on a daily basis. Our bodies are made up of around 75 percent water. “Dehydration” is when the body reaches dangerously low levels of water in its cells and blood vessels. But when you maintain a positive level of hydration, you may reep the benefits. Water can help the body to flush out toxins, specifically through the urine. When you’re dehydrated, the body tries to hold onto as much water as possible and the liver cannot flush all the toxins properly. One of the functions of the liver is to burn fat that is stored as energy; when the liver is hydrated properly, you will burn more fat. The more you drink, the more you pee, so keep drinking and keep peeing and flushing out all those toxins!
Water is also important in maintaining endurance and strength for everyday function. Being only mildly dehydrated can cause up to a 10 percent decrease in overall strength. Becoming more than mildly dehydrated and reaching a 30 percent decrease in aerobic endurance can [simply put] cause death. So the next time you think you’re becoming dehydrated, GO GET SOME WATER!
How much water do you drink? Have you ever been severely dehydrated? Leave a comment below!