The most common health goal my client’s share is their desire to increase and sustain energy. And, the answer isn’t found in coffee or a granola bar.
While this will give you a temporary energy bump, it does not address the overall goal of increased and sustained energy.
The solution is simple, free (most of the time), and the most abundant source of nutrient on the planet:water. Even though this seems like a simple solution, water is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population.
Most people think they drink enough water because they don’t feel thirsty. But, thirst doesn’t mean you are properly hydrated. By the time we actually feel thirsty, it is our body’s desperate attempt to let us know that we are dehydrated.
Worst off, some of us are so dehydrated that our thirst signals stopped working.
Early signs of dehydration include:
Water makes up 55-60% of our total body mass. If the body’s water content drops by as little as 2%, it will cause fatigue. A drop of 10% will cause significant problems with digestive, cardiovascular, immune, and musculoskeletal system. Losses greater than 10% can cause death.
The top 5 energy benefits of water include:
- Transport nutrients
- Better oxygen delivery to cells
- Regulated body temperature
- Toxin flush
- Empowering the body’s natural healing process
Calculate the correct amount of water your body needs.
Formula # 1: Water Only
Body Weight, divided by 2 = the minimum # of ounces to drink every day
Note: Max is 100 ounces
EX: 150 lbs. / 2 = 75 oz.
Formula # 2: Water + Diuretic beverages
(Oz of Diuretics x 1.5) + Body Weight / 2 = daily minimum of H20 intake
- Caffeinated teas (some herbal teas like peppermint)
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Fruit Juices
The next time you’re feeling tired, lazy, and lethargic, remember that your my body doesn’t need more caffeine. It needs more water!