There has been a flood of a various sport and energy drinks into Australian market. Many of these drinks claim to help you achieve increase in your physical and mental performance, and of course prevent dehydration. However, one must remember that most of these drinks are packed with sugar and a variety of other chemicals that may not necessary be healthy or actually achieve any of the benefits that are claimed. While, this article will not engage in the debate regarding benefits or negative impact of the above mentioned energy drinks, but to bring to readers attention just some of many benefits of water.
Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis as well as back pain. For instance water is used in the spinal discs to assist with shock absorption. Keeping your body well hydrated can go a long way in helping to keep your joints strong and healthy.
Water is essential in clearing toxic waste from different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal. As the matter of fact water is used to transport all substances inside the body and increases the rate of absorption of essential substances in food digested.
It is important to stay hydrated during fitness training as water increases the efficiency of red blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs and carrying it to the working muscles. On the other hand, water prevents body from overheating during intense physical activity through assisting sweating and body temperature control systems.
Sport drink might be better in preventing dehydration during high intensity and endurance physical activity due to the carbohydrate and electrolyte content but should not be over used as part of everyday hydration.
Here is another interesting fact; water is directly needed for the efficient production of all neurotransmitters as well all hormone production including melatonin. Helping to increase efficiency of the immune system and reduce stress and anxiety.
Latest research shows that drinking at least 5 glasses of water per day can reduce the risk of having a heart attack by over 41%. This result is not surprising as water helps to dilute blood and prevents it from clogging during the circulation.
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