Hey there! Just wanted to check in and ask: have you had a chance to drink some water today?
Humans can last for weeks without food but only days without water. Why is this? Well, 60% of the human body is made up of water. This is a fact that I share often with clients who try to explain to me why they don’t “like” drinking water. I tend to hear “well juice and soda have water in them” as a retort. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration, and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones. This information alone tells me that water is a vital nutrient that we need plenty of!
What many people don’t realize is poor hydration can lead to a plethora of health issues namely, constipation, kidney stones, fatigue, frequent headaches, and dull/flaky skin. On the flip side the benefits to drinking plenty of water include forming saliva, joint lubrication, aids in the growth, reproduction, and life processes of our cells, regulates the body temperature by aiding perspiration and respiration, and improves focus as the brain needs water to produce neurotransmitters.
To ensure you are getting the adequate amount of water daily, try to go for 8-10 cups of water per day. Living in a tropical climate such as Providenciales means we should honestly be drinking more due to the amount of water we lose in sweat per day. Sugary drinks like sodas dehydrate the body so while you think you’re still hydrating; you’re lending to any dehydration you may experience. Carrying a water bottle through the day or having a designated cup at work is helpful in making sure you’re meeting hydration goals. Inadequate water intake also hinders recovery and muscle growth when you’re hitting the gym looking for gains.
All that being said, hopefully now when you go to the fridge for a drink, you’ll pick up some water – instead of something that just has “water in it”.
If taking control of your nutritional habits is something you are interested in trying, check out my site at fitsw.com/flyxfit or contact me via Whatsapp at +1649-245-3599.
As seen in Issue 6 of GEEMS Magazine.
My name is Alyx Williams, and I am the Owner of FLYX and its subsidiaries; FLYX Fit, FLYX Apparel, and FLYX Academy, which are located primarily in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. I’ve been either training as an athlete or training athletes for the last twelve years both here in TCI and abroad in Miami, Florida.
I have a sporting background from playing various sports at a high level such as football, soccer, track and field, and rugby. I received training under local coaches such as Ms. Judith Ewing. What I’ve taken from playing these various sports and my schooling aided me in turning athletic training into a career. Now I currently train various clients both personally and in group settings, along with owning a sports brand. I’m also a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, rugby coach, and boxing/kickboxing instructor.
By Alex Williams