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Importance of Water to Our Bodies

However you drink your water, guidelines state we should be drinking six to eight 250 ml (8oz) glasses of water per day. There is science to prove why we should do this. Such as - Water:

  • Delivers important nutrients to all our cells, especially muscles cells, which helps with muscle fatigue and boosts our energy

  • Helps with weight loss as it makes us feel full longer, without adding additional calories

  • Helps with digestion by moving the digestive process along and through the system. Helps prevent constipation and other abdominal issues

  • Detoxifies by moving toxins through our system faster and optimizes kidney functions. Inadequate hydration can cause kidney problems

  • Hydrates skin and is a good defense against aging and wrinkles in the skin

  • Keeps our whole body hydrated

I don't think I understood how important it is to stay hydrated until I did this research. Therefore, I'm going to share what I've learned on hydration.

Importance of hydration: staying hydrated by drinking water is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. It also helps improve sleep quality, cognition and our mood. Average percentage of water in our body is around 60% but can vary from 45 – 75% dependent on age and sex.

Symptoms of dehydration: Some of the most common are:

  • Dark urine

  • Feeling thirsty

  • Bad breath

  • Muscle cramps and fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Dry skin

  • Low blood pressure

  • Decreased sweat production or clammy skin

  • Elevated cravings for sweets

Common causes of dehydration: Not drinking enough water is the most obvious cause of dehydration. But there are a few factors that can affect our hydration levels, as well as how much water we should be drinking on a daily basis. This differs from person to person and can even change on a daily basis depending on health and lifestyle. Common causes include diabetes, stress levels, age, hormones, medication and lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, activity levels and alcohol consumption.

How much water do we need – Most articles I read state we need to drink six to eight 250ml (8 fl oz) water or other fluid per day to stay hydrated. Some adults need more or less depending on how healthy we are, how much we exercise, and how hot and dry the climate is. We also need to drink more water if we are sick with the flu, have a urinary/bladder/kidney infection, are pregnant or breast feeding, doing high intensity activity, and women may need to drink more during menstrual cycle to compensate for elevated hormone levels.

Easy ways to get more water: Try drinking a cup of water:

  • When we wake up – our body is already dehydrated

  • Before each meal – will make us feel fuller

  • Before, during and after exercise – replenishes lost fluids

  • Keep a bottle of water with us – take several sips per hour

  • Kick up the drinking water – add slice of lemon, lime or orange juice

  • Try sparkling water if you are looking for carbonation, instead of reaching for a soda

  • Drink herbal teas

  • Add flavoured electrolytes to help replenish when working out

  • Set a timer or download a drink more water App. When I searched water tracker in Apple Apps there were lots of different options

Challenge yourself to drink more water and live life well always. 😊💦💧

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