Pure and crystal clear water is the lifeline of the universe. All of us know the importance of hydration, but have you ever stopped and thought about the benefits of it? Let us tell you how to keep yourself hydrated. So, what are you waiting for?
Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is necessary for overall good health.
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You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty.
Water is best for staying hydrated. Other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. However, some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine (200 to 300 milligrams) is not harmful to most people. This is about the amount in 2 to 4, 8-ounce cups of coffee. However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. Caffeine may cause some people to urinate more frequently, or feel anxious or jittery.
Commonly forgotten, food can also provide a substantial source of water for hydration. Products such as fruit and vegetables can be used as a reliable source of both water and electrolytes.
Not only are fruits and vegetables a valuable source of nutrition, minerals, and energy, but they also assist your body in staying hydrated and functioning properly. Many fruits also contain a high dose of carbs, which are essential for long bouts of exercise, therefore serving as a useful pre-workout snack to keep you both fuelled and hydrated.
Being aware of your body’s signs of dehydration is essential to keeping your body at its optimum level, as these mechanisms are in place as a warning of when you need more water. Being thirsty or having a dry mouth is one of the first bodily signs that you need to consume more liquids and should not be ignored. Water breaks and just sipping water before, throughout, or following a workout can gently restore your system of its water. Whether by water or other types of drinks, this will help you perform more efficiently and avoid the more severe effects of dehydration.
Dehydration can frequently be confused for hunger, and although foods do provide some form of water for hydration, if the body is craving water, only fluid-based products will suffice to sufficiently replenish your water stores. Drinking a glass of water around 30 minutes before a meal will help your body identify how hungry it is and concentrate on hydrating itself. This is beneficial to keep your body at a healthy water level, not only enhancing your performance but preventing overeating and even helping your waistline. Being dehydrated can also reduce your energy, so hydrating yourself before you refuel before or after a workout will maximize your digestion and increase energy gained.
If your body reaches the more severe levels of dehydration, you can suffer from more negative symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, weakness, and so on, which can have more serious repercussions, not only your exercise but your health. Excessive dehydration can have very negative effects but is easily prevented by recognizing the less severe onset of dehydration and stopping it before it starts.
Educating yourself in more detail about the signs and symptoms of dehydration will make it easier to identify when your body needs water, preventing the onset of unwanted symptoms inevitably experienced when not drinking enough water!
Until Next Time,
Team Doctor ASKY!