Water is Wonderful

Water is good for physical fitness and wellbeing, maintaining healthy body and mind. Our body is 70% water!  CHHC feels everyone should be aware of the importance of drinking adequate fluids.  WATER is vital for general good health and optimum performance whatever your age, size, fitness or ability.

Water effects all our bodily functions; our blood is 80 % water delivering oxygen,  nutrients and speeding antioxidant defence mechanisms, water helps to maintain healthy blood pressure and reduce dizziness.

Water is vital to hydration and drinking water increases performance, improves muscle strength and thickness after exercise. WATER helps eliminate cramps and keep joints lubricated, reduces fatigability and muscle weakness, supports gains in exercise endurance and stimulates mental responses.

Concentration and cognitive status improves with water intake; our brain is 85% water,  stimulating responses and cognition, improving vision fields and activating our senses. Additionally it prevents constipation, helps flush out toxins, cleans your kidneys and refreshes the condition of your skin.

Psychological and emotional wellbeing can be helped by WATER too.   Emotional stress, depression and anger can result in tears, headaches, digestive problems and skin irritation, tiredness and lathergy, poor health and low immunity. Proper hydration with balance diet and exercise stimulates your Parasympathetic Nervous System leading to Peace and Calm.

What the experts say …

The ingestion of COLD WATER improved performance for 49% and 51% of the participants” (LaFata 2013)

“There is good evidence that drinking appropriate amounts of water, especially cold water, can enhance exercise performance in many situations”  (Maughan 2012)

importance of educating individuals about their own fluid needs for safety and improved performance” (Lopez 2013)

Fluid replacement is important for sport performance, recovery, and safety” (Roberts 2013)

Also take a look at:

http://www.symptomfind.com/health/warning-signs-of-dehydration/

 

References:

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Maughan R (2012) Investigating the associations between hydration and exercise performance: methodology and limitations. Nutrition Reviews [serial online]. November 2, 2012;70:S128-S131. Available from: SPORTDiscus, Ipswich, MA. (Accessed12/01/13).

LaFata D, Carlson-Phillips A, Sims S, Russell E (2012) The effect of a cold beverage during an exercise session combining both strength and energy systems development training on core temperature and markers of performance. Journal Of The International Society Of Sports Nutrition [serial online]. January 2012;9(1):44-51. (Accessed12/01/13).

McCarthy S and  Manning D (2012) Water for wellbeing: promoting oral hydration in the elderly. Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal [serial online]. June 2012;18(2):52-56. (Accessed12/01/13).

Roberts W. FIMS Position Statement (2012) Fluid replacement for sports safety and performance. International Sportmed Journal [serial online]. June 2012;13(2):39-42. (Accessed12/01/13).

Kavouras S, Arnaoutis G, Sidossis L, et al (2012) Educational intervention on water intake improves hydration status and enhances exercise performance in athletic youth. Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports [serial online]. October 2012;22(5):684-689. (Accessed12/01/13).

Laitano O, Kalsi K, Pearson J, Lotlikar M, Reischak-Oliveira A, González-Alonso J (2012) Effects of graded exercise-induced dehydration and rehydration on circulatory markers of oxidative stress across the resting and exercising human leg. European Journal Of Applied Physiology [serial online]. May 2012;112(5):1937-1944. (Accessed 12/10/13)

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Jiménez-Pavón D, Romeo J, Castillo M, et al. (2011) Effects of Running in the heat on cognitive performance . Journal Of Exercise Science & Fitness [serial online]. April 2011;9(1):58-64. (Accessed 22/08/13)

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