Importance of Hydration
Tips for Staying Hydrated
Whether you are a serious athlete, couch potato, or always on the go, it is vital to stay hydrated!
Hydration is an important factor in your overall health. The human body comprises around 60 – 70% water.
Why is hydration important?
Water serves a number of crucial purposes that keep our bodies going.
- It’s fascinating to know that water acts as the first building material when a cell is created.
- Every cell, tissue, and all of the major organ systems in your body needs water to function properly.
- Water cleanses and detoxifies your body. It helps in flushing toxins out of your body through urination.
- Water makes up saliva that helps in the moistening and break down of the foods we consume
- Regular water intake and staying hydrated decrease the risk of kidney stone formation.
- Hydration increases brain function. Water acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord.
- Water helps joints and muscles function correctly. It is in the synovial fluid that lubricates your joints.
- People who generally don’t drink enough water become constipated. Drinking plenty of water may help prevent and relieve constipation.
- Water regulates your body temperature. It helps to maintain your body temperature through sweat production and respiration.
- Water helps to maximize your physical performance. Optimal hydration reduces the oxidative stress that occurs during high-intensity exercise.
- The good news is that drinking plenty of water can also help you lose weight.
Tips for staying hydrated
If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:
- Your first step is to drink plenty of water multiple times throughout the day.
- Always drink water before, during, and after a workout.
- You can also get water from fresh fruits and vegetables. So, it is ideal to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Drink the right amount of water for your body.
- If you don’t like drinking plain water, try adding a slice of lemon to your drink.
- Remember to take a bottle of water with you when you go for a walk, to the gym, or for a run and drink a little every now and then!
- If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed.
- When you are feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is sometimes confused with hunger.
Common signs of dehydration
If you don’t drink enough water, you may become dehydrated. Here are a few signs that can signal you may be dehydrated.
- Little or no urine
- Urine that is darker than usual
- Dry mouth
- Extreme thirst
- Dizziness or confusion
- No tears when crying
Good hydration is critical to health and is one of the most important aspects of our diet. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. We suggest that you keep a water bottle close by to top up fluid levels regularly and stay hydrated. Staying hydrated not only benefits you, but your loved ones also. Read our post on Why Self Care Benefits Your Loved Ones.