At RyseUP Rehab, we place an emphasis on the necessity for water intake. Whether it’s to help aid your muscle performance during HyperStatic™ exercises during one of our intuitive one-on-one programs or for overall health, water plays a key role in helping you get your life back
Water is essential for life, and yet many of us don’t drink enough of it. We often reach for sugary drinks or caffeine when we’re thirsty, instead of water. But drinking water has a number of important health benefits that you might not be aware of. Let’s explore the many reasons why you should make sure to drink plenty of water each day.
1. Muscle Function and Recovery
Utilizing HyperStatics™ exercises, we focus on the muscles truly being able to perform to help create a unique and rapid growth stimulus in the body, but we have found that not enough water intake can affect your experience in the exercises
Dehydration can cause your muscle to become fatigued more quickly. Even though with our approach we focus on safely loading the muscle, not drinking enough water can make it more difficult to exercise or perform the activities you enjoy and can lead to an increase in the risk of injury. Being hydrated is essential for maintaining the balance of bodily fluids in your body, which includes the fluid surrounding your muscles. This fluid helps to cushion your muscles and joints, which can help to reduce the risk of injury in your activities and improve muscle function during your exercises.
2. Maintains the Balance of Bodily Fluids
Drinking water is essential for maintaining the balance of bodily fluids in your body. Water helps to regulate the concentration of electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, in your blood. When you’re dehydrated, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood increases, which can lead to a number of health problems.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that even mild dehydration (1-2% loss of body weight) can cause an increase in heart rate and a decrease in cognitive function. So, make sure to drink enough water to keep your electrolyte levels in check and your body functioning at its best.
2. Aids in Digestion
Water is also essential for proper digestion. It helps to break down food and move it through your digestive system. At RyseUP Rehab, in our comprehensive approach, we explain how important nutrition, specifically protein, factors into our body’s ability to strengthen, but sometimes high protein foods can be hard on our digestive system. Drinking sufficient amounts of water will aid in allowing your body to not only digest but absorb the nutrients that are needed to help the body function
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that people who drank more water had a significantly lower risk of constipation. So whether you find yourself struggling to digest food, or the food you eat doesn’t seem to be having the effect it should (an absorption problem) it may be as simple as increasing your daily water intake.
3. Helps to Regulate Body Temperature
During that summer hike, deep into the Utah mountains, you feel your body begin to overheat, your skin feels hot, and you may even not be sweating. You are experiencing a heat stroke due to dehydration.
Dehydration can impair heat dissipation and increase the risk of heat stroke. Water is important for regulating your body temperature through sweat. When you’re too hot, your body sweats in order to cool down. Sweat is composed of water, and as it evaporates from your skin, it helps to cool your body. Luckily, most of us won’t experience a heat stroke, but making sure to stay hydrated will help overall
4. Lubricates Joints
Water is important for maintaining the health of your joints, as it acts as a lubricant. A study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that people with osteoarthritis who drank more water had a lower risk of knee pain. Having enough water helps aid as a deterrent to joint pain and inflammation
5. Flushes Out Toxins
Water helps to flush out toxins and waste products from your body. This is important for maintaining good health and preventing illness. When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys are unable to function properly, which can lead to the accumulation of toxins in your body. Drinking plenty of water can help to prevent this from happening.
A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that people who drank more water had a lower risk of kidney stones. So, make sure to drink plenty of water each day to keep your kidneys functioning properly and your body free of toxins.
6. Boosts Skin Health
Adequate hydration is also important for keeping your skin looking healthy and radiant. When you’re dehydrated, your skin can become dry and flaky. Drinking plenty of water can help to keep your skin hydrated and prevent these problems.
A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science found that people who drank more water had better skin barrier function and a lower risk of developing eczema. So, if you want to keep your skin looking its best, make sure to drink plenty of water each day.
7. Supports Weight Loss
Drinking water can also be a helpful tool for weight loss. Drinking water before a meal can help you to feel fuller, and fight off the urge to snack or eat unnecessarily. A study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that people who drank water before a meal consumed fewer calories and lost more weight compared to those who didn’t drink water before a meal. Drinking water can also boost your metabolism, which can help you to burn more calories.
Water plays a vital role in our lives. At Ryse, it plays a vital role in the rehabilitation and muscle development process. In our comprehensive approach, whether it is SITx™ (for rehabilitation and prevention) or REVx™ (muscle growth, performance, or body recomposition), water is crucial for your success, and it will help you to stay fresh between your sessions, and throughout your overall rehabilitation.