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The Function of Water
When it comes to hydration and drinking water, everyone knows two things: It is important, and they should be drinking more of it.
Over the next few weeks, we will share a series of Hydration posts by Samantha Jacobsen, PT, DPT, inspired by QUENCH by Dr. Dana Cohen, to keep you in the know on the importance and necessity of staying hydrated, especially as athletes!
In the dead of NYC summer, hydration becomes even more crucial. With multiple compounding factors that are constantly dehydrating our bodies, it is important to understand why exactly hydration is so important and how it can affect our system as a whole.
Let’s start with a few of the many roles that water is responsible for within the body:
- Irrigation System: water helps deliver your consumed vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and even oxygen to the cells of your body. Cells need water to survive.
- Temperature Regulator: temperature goes up, sweat is produced to help cool us down. Think about how much water (& sodium) you are producing and releasing in sweat particles on some of those mid-day 90 degree runs!
- Waste Removal: water helps with urination and sweat, helping our system rid our body of solid waste
- Lubrication: It helps to absorb shock within our joints and tissues, protects our organs, lubricates all of our mucus membranes (eyes, nose, mouth)
- Metabolism Aid: Water helps breakdown the food that we eat, assisting in getting the energy that the food delivers as well as eliminating what we don’t need.
Stay tuned for more posts!