InPerspire BINGO word of the day: squats
Awhile back, around Day 90 or so of our 365 Day Odyssey, I posted about water. Given that yesterday’s post was about sweat, and from reading your comments it appears that a high proportion of us really get our sweat on, I thought I would reprise my earlier post as a reminder of the importance of water in our daily lives AND post a fabulous recipe for Sassy Water. Sassy Water rocks! It quenches your thirst and just makes you feel soooooooo good.
But, first things first, why is water so important to us? For one thing, our bodies are approximately 60% water and every system in our body depends on water to function properly and keep us going. Everyone knows that drinking water is an essential part of staying healthy, but what we might overlook is exactly how drinking water and staying hydrated helps us. I found a nifty chart, created by the Mayo Clinic, showing how water functions in our bodies, but the figure they use in their chart is SUPER “funky” so I created my own version of the chart using a more attractive image :).
It is amazing how much water does for us. Drinking the proper amount of water keeps us from getting dehydrated (even mild dehydration can make you feel fatigued). Have you ever wondered why the more you sweat, the more difficult it becomes to workout? This is because sweat is made from fluids in our blood, so the harder you sweat, the thicker your blood becomes, and the harder your heart has to work to pump blood (How Things Work.com).
How much water you need each day depends on things like how active you are, where you live (hot or humid climates make us sweat more), and your overall health. A general rule of thumb is to drink 8-8oz glasses of water a day. Of course, you don’t have to get all your fluids from water. You get some fluids from your foods (~20% per day), and you can drink beverages other than water, e.g., tea, to up your fluid intake, but think of water as the no calorie way to stay healthy.
2 Quarts of water
12 Mint leaves
1 Cucumber peeled and sliced thin
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 Lemon sliced thin
Fill a container with 2 quarts of water. Break off 12 mint leaves and place into the water. Thoroughly wash the lemon rind. Slice very thin and add to water. Peel the cucumber, slice really thin, and add it to the water. Grate the ginger root on the fine section of your grater. Add to the water. Put the water in your fridge and let it get cold. Overnight is recommended.
Get your sweat on and get your water in today!