Hydration for digestion

Water makes up more then 70 percent of the blood, muscle tissues, fat tissues, and bones in our body. Yet we lose water throughout the day through sweat and urination. We must constantly drink water to stay hydrated whether we are on the way to the gym, running on the treadmill, or even after our workouts.

Water is even more important for digestion. We need as much as 12 cups (3 L) of water to properly digest solid food and distribute nutrients efficiently. When our bodies are able to absorb nutrients properly, our overall health and performance is enhanced.

Without water, the body begins to dehydrate. A fluid loss of two percent (of body weight) adversely affects performance, decreases blood volume and blood pressure, and causes constipation, which is a frequent symptom of dehydration.

Make it a habit to keep water on hand. Fill up a water bottle at home and take it with you to work, to the gym, or wherever you go. With healthy food and plenty of water, you’ll have great digestion.

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