The importance of hydration
Our body consists of 72% of water. Each day drinking water is essential for many reasons. Water plays an important role in the body’s functioning, such as regulating body temp, preventing infections, helps organs function properly, keeps joints lubricated, supplies nutrients to cells, improves sleep cycle, mood, cognition, and promotes overall growth.
Every living organism requires water more than they need anything else. Water is present in each part of the body; bones have 22%, muscles 76%, blood 83%, lungs 90%, brains 95%, along with all the nutrients required for the body.
Water carries oxygen to all the parts of the body. It helps in the conversion of food into energy. It helps our senses to work properly; we see the light due to the presence of fluid in the eyes, we can taste due to the presence of water in the tongue.
The nutrients required to sustain life are protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. The body can survive without food but can’t survive without water.
Hydration is essential to fill up the fluid lost due to sweating, elimination, or exhaling.
On average, our body loses water in many situations, such as breathing, sweating, sleeping, working, and even thinking.
There are many ways you can increase your hydration. Try to consume a maximum of water, and for 1- 2 glasses, you can go for other sweetened drinks such as fruit juice, vegetable juice, or any other form of liquid. Try to avoid the intake of sweetened beverages as it causes more harm than drinking water.
Ways to keep the body hydrated
- Always drink water before going to bed and on arising.
- Drink an average of one glass of water each hour rather than drinking 1-2 liters of water at a time.
- You can predict the hydrated or dehydrated body by the color of urine. If your urine is light in color, it means your body is hydrated. Dark color urine symbolizes the body is dehydrated, and you need to drink more water.
- Drink more water if you are on some medications, as it requires extra water to process medicines by liver and kidney.
- Drink more before and after exercise.
- Accomplish drinking a minimum of 3liters of water daily for women and 5 liters for men.
Why hydration is important
- Maximizes physical performance: If you do not supply the body’s fluid, it will hamper your physical performance. If you lose even a tiny amount of water, you will feel dehydrated. The maximum of water loss from the body occurs via sweating.
- The loss of water also results in fatigue, body temperature, and motivation. Hydration reduces stress caused due to intense work schedule.
- Affects brain function: Lack of water in the body can cause brain impairment. It also affects mood and concentration. It causes headaches, anxiety, and fatigue. It shows different effects for children and adults, such as memory loss, mood impairment, or brain performance.
- Prevents diseases: Dehydration causes many health issues. Keeping the body hydrated prevents headaches and migraines, dry mouth, confusion, lightheadedness, extreme thirst, cognitive disabilities, nausea, difficulty in breathing, or the formation of toxins in the body.
- Relieves constipation: It is a problem related to infrequent bowel movement. An increase in water intake is the best treatment if you feel constipation. Low water intake causes constipation in both adults and older people.
- Treats kidney stone: Urinary stones or kidney stones are painful. The evidence has shown that water cures kidney stones if the quantity is limited. The more you drink water, the more you will urinate and thus reduce the clumps of mineral crystals. Water cures as well as prevents the formation of stone.
- Prevents hangovers: We usually experience a hangover after having alcohol. Alcohol causes dehydration that causes fatigue, dry mouth, and headache. To prevent this, keep drinking small portions of water between alcoholic drinks.