February 04, 2021

By: Ty Hoelzen, CPT, EMT, FMS

Water is a staple of life, and we cannot live without it. It is an essential component of every major system in your body, and it’s no secret that without water, or a shortage of it, your body starts to shut down in multiple ways. The first step in fixing anything is 
awareness. Our goal is to raise awareness of how vitally important staying hydrated is for all humans but especially the industrial worker/athlete. More often than not, if an individual is lethargic or lacking energy it is because he or she is dehydrated! That said, it is not surprising to hear that “Roughly 75% of Americans are walking around chronically dehydrated on a daily basis.” This is a serious, multi-industry issue that needs to be addressed, and we at Working Athlete are here to help.

How Water Affects the Body:

  • Regulation of body temperature (sweating etc.) 
  • Maintaining the integrity of your blood (your blood is made up of over 90% water and it is used to transfer nutrients, oxygen, and immune cells throughout your body as well as assist in the body’s waste removal.) Avoid “sludge blood”.  
  • Drinking more water (which is calorie free) triggers your body to burn more calories. (Aids in weight loss)
  • Creating the fluids for your digestive tract and digestive secretions. 
  • Creating cerebrospinal fluid for your central nervous system.
  • Making synovial fluid for your joints and discs.
  • Creating lymph fluid (to support your immune system and aid in waste removal).
  • Maintenance of your DNA
  • Water can pass through your blood-brain barrier and not only hydrate your brain but deliver critical electrolytes and oxygen.

“Simply drinking more water provides an immediate boost to your metabolism because it makes everything work better. Millions of people who are chronically dehydrated have put themselves at a major metabolic disadvantage and don’t even realize it.” It’s no wonder that without ample amounts of water we all feel like “crap”. We become tired, grumpy, without energy, and unhealthy.

Pro Tip #1: “How much water should I be drinking per day?” 

The amount of water you should drink varies drastically by the individual based on body weight, activity levels, how much you sweat, current health issues, etc.

A general starting point: Bodyweight in pounds, divided by two = amount of water in ounces to consume daily.*

Example: A 200-pound individual = 100 ounces of water per day.

*This is just a general recommendation.

Pro Tip #2: 

Always have a bottle of water on or around you! If it’s in your line of sight, you will be more likely to drink it. If it’s out of sight, it’s usually out of mind. Get a nice bottle that you like, put your favorite brand stickers on it (Working Athlete) and make it your new best friend. Make sure it goes everywhere with you, not leaving the house or job without it. Also, try to get a stainless steel bottle rather than a plastic one, especially if you are exposed to direct sunlight, to avoid BPA issues. Your body will thank you for it in the long run!

Pro Tip #3:

Chug at least 10-16 ounces of water as soon as you wake up in the morning! Keep a bottle or glass of water right next to your alarm clock on your nightstand. It doesn’t matter if you slept four hours or ten hours, your body has been without water for that whole time and needs more of it to jump-start your body’s systems. Your body goes through hundreds of different processes while you’re asleep, repairing damaged tissues, eliminating old cells, fortifying your immune system, and more. All of that results in a tremendous amount of metabolic waste products that need to be removed! Water helps flush all of that out of your system in the morning. Plus, drinking water right away gives you a good head start on hitting your daily water requirements.

Water is the driving force of all nature! Which then makes it the driving force of all industrial work. Drink more water, work harder and more efficiently, period. Add some Working Athlete Hydrate & Recover® and Energy & Focus to that mix and you’ll be surrounded by a team full of Supermen and Superwomen.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Hydrated. 

REFERENCE:Eat Smarter by Shawn Stevenson