Why worrying about how much water you drink is stupid|Dr. Lucas Marchand

When perusing various health sites you will see some sort of top 10 ways to get fit 'this summer' or 'for that wedding or vacation.' While the title alone is ridiculous and trains you to think that 20 years of poor lifestyle choices will be fixed in just 90 days the one I want to discuss today is water.

All of them say drink more water and while I don't completely disagree, I feel like the focus on how many oz's, liters, or even gallons you're drinking each day is a bit of a distraction.

Yes, water is necessary for survival and having adequate supply for our bodies is critical. Heck even more than enough might be good.

But I have seen many people obsess over the water to the point that they're literally carrying around gallons of water. And while that maybe normal in the bodybuilding and fitness subculture it's hardly necessary for the average person. I could argue it's unnecessary for a bodybuilder too.

You see when we drink too much water it forces our kidneys into overdrive having them have to work much harder than normal. If you do this over a long period of time you start to exhaust not only your kidneys but your entire digestive and adrenal systems.

Your body stops maintaining it's own hydration and actually only responds to external hydration. What I mean by that, is try drinking a gallon of water per day for 10 days. What you will notice is that while you're drinking a gallon of water a day you start to get thirstier and thirstier. Why? because you're not giving your body any reason to sustain itself. It's kind of like taking exogenous hormones such as steroids. Our bodies are kind of lazy and always look to be efficient. If you take testosterone your body will stop producing its own to save energy, because the person is taking it exogenously (outside). The same is true for water and many other bodily systems.

balance is key. Balance is the keystone to healthy sustainable weightless and over all health.

so the best way to know how much water you need?

drink water only when you're thirsty.

Your body is amazing and knows what it needs when it needs. You're able to go to the bathroom when you need to (hopefully). You're able to kick up you heart rate when doing an intense workout. You're able to engage more muscles when you're picking up a heavy load. And you're body is able to tell you when you're thirsty and when you're hungry.

So do yourself a favor and stop obsessing over the water and just drink when you're thirsty. Try replacing your soft drinks and fruit juices with water.

As the old adage goes, "Eat when you're hungry. Drink when you're thirsty. Sleep when you're tired."

to good health, stay tuned for tomorrows blog.

Dr. Lucas Marchand

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