Why is hydration so important?
Our bodies depend on water to survive. Our cells, tissues and organs need water to function properly. When you are dehydrated you just don’t operate at peak performance. I know I rarely am hydrated properly, and I can tell you with certainty, when I get sick, I am always in a state of dehydration for an extended period before I am sick. I am making my body work overtime for no good reason. Just like you need the right tools to do a job properly (a spoon isn’t very good to dig a ditch) your body needs the right tools to stay healthy. There are very few things as important as staying hydrated to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy.
Studies show that we should be drinking up to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. That number will vary from person to person. A good barometer to test to see if you are getting enough water is to check your urine. It should be colorless or a light yellow. Anything dark means you need to drink more.
Here are some tips to help you through the day:
- Keep water with you at all times.
- Flavor your water with fruit if you don’t like the taste of regular water.
- There are apps you can download that will remind you when it’s time to take a drink.
- It can also help with weight loss. Sometimes, what we think are hunger pains are actually our bodies telling us we are thirsty. If your stomach is growling, try drinking a glass of water first to see if the pang subsides, if it doesn’t, then it is a good idea to eat.
- The more active you are, the more you need to drink. Sport drinks are helpful but be sure to check calorie count or sodium in case you are trying to lose weight.
Dehydration can affect your sleep. It can also cause dizziness, dry mouth, headaches and confusion. Proper hydration will also help with hangovers.
If you feel dehydrated, consider a hydration drip. It will help put your system back in balance and you should feel better instantly!
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