BodybuildingPro.com Nutrition Database Nutrition Dictionary: A Comprehensive Source of Nutritional Terms Water Water - Introduction
Water intake is essential
for life and good health. Water carries the toxins out of muscle
fiber and helps detoxify the kidneys and liver. The more water you
consume, the less water you will retain.
There are six major nutrients needed to sustain life and survive,
they are water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and
minerals. Water is the most important, constituting the largest
portion of our body weight. Your muscles are comprised of over 70%
water, as is your brain. Your blood plasma is 92% water, while even
your bones consist of over 22% water. Water is necessary to
maintain our body temperature and complete digestion, circulation,
absorption and excretion. Fat weight is only 20 to 25 percent
water. This means that diets or activities that result in excessive
fluid loss have a significant effect on muscle size. Furthermore,
without sufficient intake of water, you become dehydrated. Your
body begins to retain water to protect itself, and much of this
water is stored subcutaneously, which smooths out muscular
All of the actions which occur when you are dehydrated have a
negative effect on the function of your kidneys as well, and some
possible side effects of being dehydrated (even partially) over
periods of time may include being “water - logged”,
bloated, and obese. Bodybuilders should strive for several liters
per day. Eight to 12 ounces (three to four liters) is recommended.
It may be difficult to accomplish this, but it will be well worth
it in the end. Also, keep in mind that water in solution such as
water found in fruit juices or soft drinks does not count. This
total intake of water should be PURE water.
Water is the world's most precious resource, important to the
environment, and to the human body.
Water is essential to the planet and all human beings. Being
deprived of water will kill a person faster than any other
nutrient. Several days will be enough to kill a person who is
deprived of water.
Staying properly hydrated is extremely important, and so, the
quality and quantity of water you drink is essential to staying
healthy, not only for a bodybuilder, but for everyone.
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