The Importance of Water & Staying Hydrated

 

Humans and Animals depend on water to survive. Every organ, cell and tissue in your body requires water to function properly. The body uses water to sustain lubrication to the joints, maintain its temperature, or for removal of waste and toxins.

Water is an essential part of your daily dietary needs. The written rule is 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day; which is a sensible goal. However, not everyone has the same water requirement to stay hydrated. Health, medications and activity levels present a higher risk facture for determining water requirements. For example, some medications have a dehydrating facture as do some medical conditions. A healthy person can stay well hydrated by drinking water when they are thirsty, but is this enough? If you have concerns that you are not drinking enough water, a good indication is to check you’re the color of your urine. If it is colorless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. But your urine is a dark yellow to gold in color you might be dehydrated.

As I mentioned before there are other higher risk factures of dehydration, and this includes people who exercise at a high intensity , have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection, diabetes), illness (fever, vomiting, diarrhea), take certain medications, pregnancy or breastfeeding, a long work day, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day.  If you fall into these categories become extra cognitive about your water intake.

Water is best source of hydration. Other liquids such as performance or sport drinks will aid the hydration process; however, they can contain sugars, and high levels of sodium plus they are usually high in calories.  Tea and coffee can also contribute to keeping you hydrated but be aware of how much of these alternative drinks you are consuming. Also keep in mind while herbal tea may seems like a good drink supplement there are some herbs will have a diuretic effect. Teas that contain alfalfa, burdock, cornflower, dandelion, dog rose, ginger, hibiscus, holly, horsetail, juniper, larkspur, calendula, corn silk, mate, meadowsweet, olive leaf, parsley, nettle, sweet clover, fennel, uva ursi or winter cherry may cause dehydration so be aware of “what is in your drink”. (Read the label)

Water makes up more than half of your body weight and is a major importance for all living things. Some organisms are made up of 90% water. The human adult body is made of up to 60%water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. With that in mind be aware you lose water each day with the body’s regular function such as going to the bathroom, sweating, and even when you breathe. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

References: https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html

The most common symptoms of dehydration:

Increased thirst

Dry mouth

Rapid Heart Rate & Breathing

Tired or sleepy

Decreased urine output

Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal

Headache

Dry skin

Dizziness

Body cramps (Primarily Hands & Feet)

Hallucinations

 

Reference: https://www.emedicinehealth.com/dehydration_in_adults/page3_em.htm

Be proactive about your health and don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. WATER UP!



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