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10 Facts About Water + Your Body

Water is virtually everywhere, from soil moisture and ice-caps to the cells inside our own bodies. On a normal, day-to-day basis, maintaining a well-hydrated system is easy to manage for those of us fortunate enough to have access to clean drinking water. So what role does water play in our bodies , and how much do we actually need to drink to stay healthy?

1. Depending on factors like location, fat index, age and sex, the average human is between 55 and 60% water. 

2. At birth, human babies are even wetter – being 75% water they are swimmingly similar to fish - but their water composition drops to 65% by their first birthday. 

3. The H2O in our bodies works to cushion and lubricate joints, regulate temperature and to nourish the brain and spinal cord. 

4. Water isn’t only in our blood: an adult’s brain and heart are almost three-quarters water - that’s roughly equivalent to the amount of moisture in a banana. 

5. Lungs are 83% water, which is roughly the amount of moisture in an apple.

6. Even seemingly dry human bones are 31% water. 

7. Each day we lose 2 to 3 liters through our sweat, urine and bowel movements, and even just from breathing. While these functions are essential to our survival, we need to compensate for the fluid loss.

8. Maintaining a balanced water level is essential to avoid dehydration or overhydration - both of which can have devastating effects on overall health. Increased dehydration can cause notable drops in energy, mood, skin moisture and blood pressure as well as signs of cognitive impairment.  In fact, a dehydrated brain works harder to accomplish the same amount as a normal brain - and it even temporarily shrinks because of its lack of water.

9. For a long time, conventional wisdom said that we should drink eight glasses a day. That estimate has since been fine-tuned; now the consensus is that the amount of water we need to imbibe depends largely on our weight and environment. The recommended daily intake varies from between 2.5 to 3.7 liters of water for men and about 2 to 2.7 liters for women - a range that is pushed up or down if we are healthy, active, old or overheating. But don’t go crazy - it’s possible to overhydrate if you consume too much water in a short amount of time - a risk mostly encountered by athletes because of complications in regulating water levels in extreme physical conditions.

10. Water within food makes up about a fifth of our daily H20 intake. Fruits and vegetables like strawberries, cucumbers and even broccoli are over 90% water and can supplement liquid intake while providing valuable nutrients and fiber.

Drinking well might also have various long-term benefits. Studies have shown that optimal hydration can lower the chance of stroke, help manage diabetes and potentially reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. No matter what, getting the right amount of liquid makes a world of difference in how you’ll feel, think and function day-to-day.

From the TED-Ed Lesson What would happen if you didn’t drink water? - Mia Nacamulli

Animation by Chris Bishop

Allen’s metabolism

We know that as a Parasitic Type Allen required a lot of food, but I never thought that it’d be to such extent.

In the background we can see that Allen didn’t even finish his breakfast when he realised what was happening in the 5th lab.

Normally a meal stays in your stomach for an average 3 hours. Fights in D.Gray-man are  short, no longer than an hour. And yet after that huge amount of intake and such short span of time, Allen’s stomach is already empty.

His metabolism is at least three times faster than an average human’s.

An adult requires 2000 calories intake a day, maybe 3000 if they are sportsman or soldiers. Allen can eat a week amount’s of food in one sitting, that’s 14000 calories per meal. In one day that’s 42000-70000 calories, depending how many times he eats a day, 24-35 times as much as a regular adult.

This is how much he must consume to sustain his a General level Parasitic type Innocence.

Pretty sure that the reason All Might is a sickly skeleton man isn’t because he “wasted away due to all the surgeries.”

Listen, this is a man who accidentally used up all three hours of his All Might time while on his way to work because he got distracted fighting crime.

You wanna tell me he’s gonna remember to eat the 6-8 small meals a day recommended for gastrectomy patients?

Nah bro, considering he had a regular bento that time he invited Izuku to lunch with him, this nerd probably thinks he can get away with having three meals a day. And considering the food goes straight to his intestines (which can’t hold nearly as much food as the stomach can) he’ll get full before he’s consumed enough calories.

And even if he’s eating super calorie-dense foods and taking all his medication (another thing I’m skeptical about), you also need to take into account that all his crime-fighting probably burns crazy amounts of calories (and like I wouldn’t be surprised if the simple act of powering up also took a lot of his energy).

Like shit bro I’m surprised he hasn’t collapsed yet or died of starvation???

Someone please save this idiot from himself.

“How did you start?”

Honestly one of the most frequently asked questions to grace my inbox from day dot is “how did you get started on your journey?” or “what did you start with?”

This question is strangely infuriating - not because of the question itself but because of the motive behind asking it. People will see how far you have come and assume that picking up where you started will land them where you are now. This assumption is wrong on so many levels. 

Let me begin by explaining how i did get started with this whole shabang, then i may venture further into where most people will start and why, and why this is not the optimal question to be asking when on the hunt for advice. 

When I first decided to venture into health and fitness, for the very very very first time. I joined my local small 24/7 gym with my best friends. We weren’t given an induction nor where we shown how to use anything or even toured through the gym, aka - we were clueless. I went to the gym probably a total of 10 times throughout my 6 month membership. All of which consisting of some walking on the treadmill and a series of attempted crunch/sit up variation in estimated quantities. You will be thoroughly surprised to hear that I did not notice any results, and i did not continue this gym membership beyond my 6 month period. In fact i suspended the membership to go on holiday to America for 5 weeks. I promised myself when i got back i’d get into fitness, start fresh, regularly go to the gym - you know the deal. However when i returned from America after 5 weeks of little to no exercise besides a lot of walking (which was equally matched, if not overtaken by, A LOT of calorie dense, poor food choices), i found myself a solid 2-3kg’s heavier and the opposite of ‘body positive’. Whilst on holiday, i consumed an epic quantity of greasy meat and deep fried anything (thankyou USA), teamed with an absolute minimum of fresh fruit and veg or whole foods - I was actually CRAVING ‘healthy’ food. All i felt like eating most of the time was fruit and veg, so i did! I began researching different ways to lose weight, ‘healthy’ recipes, all that fun noob style stuff that you look into when you don’t know any better. I discovered veganism, fitblr’s, and the ‘fitspo’ community and there was no turning back. Within a 3 hour period of sitting in my room watching lectures, docco’s and reading various pro-veganism articles i was sure this was what i wanted to do and put together a shopping list! Little did i know, all i was entering into was an obscene calorie cut and nutrient deficient dietary protocol, that would however - produce some form of results (due to the law of thermodynamics, don’t act too surprised). Fast forward a couple months and i was about 5kg down, going for daily jogs and doing some youtube workouts and yoga almost daily. I was ‘skinny fat’ but quite satisfied! I’d made a commitment to exercise and what i thought was healthy eating, and i’d lost some weight, but now i’ve discovered the fitness realm. I had new goals set, i wanted to be fit and strong, i wanted to ‘fuel my body’ and i wanted to do it nowwwwwwwww! Backtracking momentarily before we move ahead, let me break down for you why what i was doing ‘worked’ vs why i thought it worked. 

Transitioning into veganism, particularly going cold turkey (no pun intended but take from it what you will), you are bound to cut out a huge portion of your diet. Your daily fat intake is zilched to next to nothing, and your protein intake is substantially lowered. Carbohydrate intake is either maintained or increased due to a crazy amount of fruit being consumed (even though it’s ‘healthy’ right?). Naturally, you’re almost halving your total caloric intake purely by more than halving the list of foods you can actually consume that fit within your dietary protocols. Less calories = weight loss, simple as that. Without controlling my macronutrient or micronutrient intake, i lost fat, yes. I also lost water, tissue, muscle, etc. Weight loss is not necessarily fat loss. Switching to ‘healthy’ options, aka lower caloric density per serve, does just that - it lowers your total calories. Do not confuse correlation with causation, you lose weight on ‘healthy’ foods because they lower your daily totals, not because they are magic weight loss foods that magically strip fat from your body. Pair this sudden drop in calories with some exercise (otherwise known as simply another way to lower overall calories, low and behold, putting you further into a deficit) and YES, you will lose weight. Not because the exercise you did ‘burned stubborn fat’ but because when you went to bed that night, you had put less calories into your body than usual, and had burned even more of those calories through exercise - leaving you in a calorie deficit. Got it? Great, let’s move on. 

This is around the time when people will say ‘But it works for me/you/my best friend’s sisters boyfriends dog, so it must be good’. Let me make one thing VERY clear here. 

JUST BECAUSE IT WORKS, DOESN’T MEAN IT IS OPTIMAL. 

This can further be dumbed down to say that just because you got results off a certain diet plan/exercise program/diet protocol/supplement DOES NOT mean that something else wouldn’t work better. Like… tracking your macro nutrient intake for example! Or simply being mindful of what is going on your plate, and into your mouth. 

Now returning to my original argument, which is why ‘how you started’ isn’t always how everyone (or anyone, for that matter) should start. Generally when people first get into fitness, they don’t have even a fraction of the sources, connections, knowledge or anything of the sort that becomes available once you’re say a few months to a year in. This is where i need to be mindful of not offending anyone or becoming frustrated with newbies abilities’ to take on every piece of advice thrown at them, they simply don’t know better and i was the same when i started. I believed everything i read and absorbed everything i was told like a sponge! There was however a LOT of conflicting information, and still is! Sadly there’s next to no way of knowing how to differentiate in this situation between right or wrong and unfortunately most people at this stage don’t have a point of contact to confirm or deny any of these contradictions. This is generally where common sense needs to kick in and tell you ‘hey, read into it more and see what makes more sense. 

This is exactly why i refuse to believe that how ANYONE ‘starts’ their journey is optimal. Their is a very minimal chance that the boundless information they’ve accumulated from sources here, there and everywhere are credible in the slightest, or correlate with eachother WHATSOEVER. At the end of the day that’s what starting out is all about, it’s learning right from wrong and discovering the difference for yourself. But what if i told you there was a smarter way to start? How about, instead of starting off like someone else did and floundering around until you find your way in the big wide world of fitness, you start by following in footsteps of people who have already walked the journey, and have found seemingly more ‘optimal’ protocols to follow. It might seem hard at first, but if you can’t tell by looking at them that it’s worth it, then you’re probably looking at the wrong people. Will it be easy? No. Will it be easier then trial and error for a solid 1-6 months before realising you have just completely wasted 1-6 months of accumulated efforts on protocols that were leaving you running in circles because you thought it seemed wise to fumble through different ‘starting methods’ before discovering none of them really work, which is EXACTLY why they are what was approached as a STARTING METHOD and not a consistent, ‘you-now-know-better’ protocol that anyone who has already bypassed all the bullshit and pointless ‘miracle weight loss’ schemes that low and behold, do not work. 

This has been a ramble and a half of a ‘blog/rant/i don’t even know’ so i’ll wrap it up! All i’m trying to say is, if you were going to take up a new business venture, would you approach a beginner and ask them for their tips and how they’re going about starting up their potential failure of a business? Or would you want advice from the big guys who have already tried and tested all the potential ways to make it and done the hard work for you? If you want to be successful, copy the successful. Let them fumble and fail for you, so you don’t have to. Mimic how they take on their daily tasks and skip the years of trial and error by jumping right on board with methods that are PROVEN to work, because people have already tried all the options you’re considering, and they’ve learned the hard way what does and does not produce results, meaning that YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO! 

Ready, set, post over. 

let me know if you enjoyed the read and if i should bother with making the occasional ‘blog post’, potentially with useful information and protocols in future, this was mainly just a test run to see how i went with writing more than a paragraph - if you can’t tell it was rather successful, if you can classify 10+ paragraphs of rant and ramble as such…