There are so many reasons to ensure that you are drinking enough water. We have already discussed several including heart health, glowing skin, and happy joints. But, there is a little-known benefit to drinking a proper amount of water that you may be completely unaware of…healthy muscles.
Muscles are wet, in fact, they are made up of nearly 79% water. Common sense tells us that they need to stay wet to function properly. This is absolutely true but, there is a bit more to the story.
When you use a muscle it is contracted. During the contraction, process water is driven from your blood into the muscle and surrounding cells allowing it to function without strain and/ or fatigue. The problem is, nearly 50% of us are in a constant state of dehydration, we simply are not drinking enough water. When a dehydrated muscle contracts a completely opposite process occurs. Water is drawn out of the muscle and back into the bloodstream to ensure proper circulation and a safe blood pressure. Leaving the muscle and its cells dry.
A dry muscle does not work as well, it will be fatigued and especially for athletes performance will be reduced. In addition, dehydration can actually cause a breakdown of muscle resulting in damage to these precious organs.
The bad news is, if you are thirsty it is already too late. In order to maintain properly functioning, nonfatigued, healthy muscles you must drink water throughout the entire day. In addition, it is absolutely essential to hydrate before, during and after workouts.
What is the best way to increase your water intake…have it with you (always). Put a water cooler or filtration unit in your home and/or office, fill your reusable water bottle and carry it with you wherever you go. This will eventually become second nature and you will find yourself feeling lost without it!
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