This week, I'm going to break down each skinny rule from Bob Harper's book, "The Skinny Rules" and share my own insight and information related to why we should incorporate each rule (as best as possible) into our daily, healthy lifestyle. I will admit up front that I don't follow every rule to the "exact," and that's what I will be sharing with you based on my own opinion and results of the ones I have tried to follow closely.
"Skinny Rule" #1 - Drink a large glass of water before every meal - No ExcusesThis is a great rule to follow...mainly because drinking more water has many benefits. But, it does help keep hunger at bay. I need to follow this rule more consistently in the mornings....it may start my day off a lot better!! If I go running in the mornings, I drink multiple glasses of water to replenish my body of hydration before I eat breakfast. Otherwise, I do drink a lot of water throughout the day leading up to lunch. When I workout in the late afternoons when I get off of work, I will drink a lot of water during and after my workout, which is right before dinner. I always try to bring my water cup with me to my bedroom when I'm settling in for the night. If I wake up with a dry mouth or just thirsty, it's right there!!
The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size. 2/3 of the body consists of water, and it is the main component of human body. Did you know that your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water? Here is the %:
* Muscle consists of 75% water
* Brain consists of 90% of water
* Bone consists of 22% of water
* Blood consists of 83% water
The functions of water in human body are vital!!
* Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
* Moisturizes the air in lungs
* Helps with metabolism
* Protects our vital organ
* Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
* Regulates body temperature
* Protects and moisturizes our joints
Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. Take for example, the brain consists of 90% of water....if you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you will get headache or migraine. Hence, the next time you feel fatigued or have a headache, it may be the sign of dehydration. (Note: I've taken this information from the following website.)
10 Health Benefits of Drinking Water