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Water intake is essential for life and good health. Water carries the toxins out of muscle fiber and helps detoxify the kidneys and liver. The more water you consume, the less water you will retain.

There are six major nutrients needed to sustain life and survive, they are water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Water is the most important, constituting the largest portion of our body weight. Your muscles are comprised of over 70% water, as is your brain. Your blood plasma is 92% water, while even your bones consist of over 22% water. Water is necessary to maintain our body temperature and complete digestion, circulation, absorption and excretion. Fat weight is only 20 to 25 percent water. This means that diets or activities that result in excessive fluid loss have a significant effect on muscle size. Furthermore, without sufficient intake of water, you become dehydrated. Your body begins to retain water to protect itself, and much of this water is stored subcutaneously, which smooths out muscular definition dramatically.

All of the actions which occur when you are dehydrated have a negative effect on the function of your kidneys as well, and some possible side effects of being dehydrated (even partially) over periods of time may include being “water - logged”, bloated, and obese. Bodybuilders should strive for several liters per day. Eight to 12 ounces (three to four liters) is recommended. It may be difficult to accomplish this, but it will be well worth it in the end. Also, keep in mind that water in solution such as water found in fruit juices or soft drinks does not count. This total intake of water should be PURE water.

Water is the world's most precious resource, important to the environment, and to the human body.

Water is essential to the planet and all human beings. Being deprived of water will kill a person faster than any other nutrient. Several days will be enough to kill a person who is deprived of water.

Staying properly hydrated is extremely important, and so, the quality and quantity of water you drink is essential to staying healthy, not only for a bodybuilder, but for everyone.


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