Are you drinking enough water? More importantly, are you drinking the right water? Does it hydrate you, or is it just flushing you down? Do you still remain very thirsty even after you’ve guzzled down an entire 32 ounces of water?
Let’s start with a quick reminder of what we’ve already heard before—that we absolutely, positively need to drink water every day. Most of us know that six to eight 8-ounce glasses each day is a reasonable goal, but what many don’t realize is that different people require different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. Others may need more than eight glasses each day. Even so, some people require fewer than eight glasses a day—it all depends on your daily activities and your lifestyle.
All Waters Are Not Alike
With so many brands and types of waters available, it’s normal to feel confused about which one is best for you. I always encourage my clients to consider alkaline water, which is less acidic than regular tap water and is rich in alkalizing compounds like calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate with a higher PH level (potential hydrogen).
Proponents of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your bloodstream and help your body metabolize nutrients more effectively, leading to better health and performance. To further explain, think of it this way: We are made out of oxygen and water carries oxygen, so the more oxygen we put in our bodies, the healthier we will live our lives.
Staying hydrated is key to a healthy life both physically and mentally. Water can help you remain sickness-free and stay clear-minded so you can accomplish anything you want in life. So go on—hydrate yourself and watch your body thank you for it!
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By Luis Loya
Luis Loya, a certified personal trainer and certified nutritionist (NPTI, NPTI Nutrition, NESTA, AFTA), considers himself a master motivator. “My goal in life is to help as many people as I possibly can in any way, so I decided to start with their fitness and health goals.” Loya trains many of his clients at Ultra Body Fitness in Hollywood, CA, while also commuting all over the city, from Hollywood Hills to the beach shores of Santa Monica. His resume boasts more than 10 years of hands-on experience and constant study to become an advanced trainer that meets all his clients’ wellness needs.
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