Summer May Be Over, But Hydration Shouldn’t Be
Next to air, water is the most necessary element for human survival. In fact, proper hydration is essential for life. We can live without food for almost two months, but without water for only a few days. Most people have no idea about how much water they should drink throughout the day, and did you realize more than 75 percent of us live in a constantly dehydrated state?
Many believe that in the summertime, staying hydrated is more necessary than in the winter in which they begin to slack off on drinking adequate amounts of water. That is not the case. The reality is, without water pulsing through our bodies we would eventually be poisoned by our own waste products. Uric acid and urea is removed via the kidneys and this is dissolved in proper amounts of water. If there isn’t enough water in our system, waste products are not removed as effectively and may build up as kidney stones. This process is not determinant of the season, although the summer heat dehydrates us quicker, adequate amounts of water is necessary throughout all seasons.
Water is also vital for chemical reactions in digestion and metabolism. It carries nutrients and oxygen to cells through the bloodstream and helps to cool the body through perspiration.
Water lubricates our joints and we even need it to breathe, as our lungs must be moist to take in oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide. Staying hydrated also helps you concentrate.
Thirst is not the best indicator of dehydration, as the thirst mechanism only kicks in when you are already mildly dehydrated. While for some people this might not be the most PC type of hydration assessment, the best way to check whether you are drinking enough water is to regularly check the color of your urine. If it looks like a Berocca that has just dissolved in a glass, you’re high on the dehydration scale. Ideally, your urine should be clear or a very light straw color.
Other symptoms of dehydration include headaches and dizziness; decreased energy or fatigue; dry lips, mouth and skin; nausea; constipation; increased body temperature; loss of concentration; and irritability.
Drinking the right amount of water ensures your body functions efficiently, makes you feel healthier and more alert, and reduces the risk of serious health problems.
1. Have a glass or two of water as soon as you wake up each day.
2. Drink water regularly throughout the day. We often mistake hunger for thirst.
3. Always have a reusable water bottle available.
[via Executive Style]