The Importance of Staying Hydrated
Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Water. It's everywhere.
We swim in it, bathe in it, and most importantly, our body is made up of up to 60% of it, which is why drinking water is essential to our health. Not only is staying hydrated important during Flu season, it's necessary all year round because of its many health benefits. Here are some key reasons that will motivate you to drink more water if you aren't already:
1. It helps regulate body temperature When there is not enough water in the body, more heat is stored, causing you to sweat less and have a harder time cooling down. That's why it is especially important to stay hydrated during exercise!
2. Aids in the function of your digestive systemStaying hydrated is necessary to have a healthy bowel movement. Dehydration can lead to constipation and even increase your risk of getting stomach ulcers.
3. It helps prevent kidney damageYour kidneys regulate fluid in your body, so lack of water can increase your chances of getting kidney stones.
4. It leads to healthier skinDehydration can increase your chances of skin wrinkling faster and make you more vulnerable to skin disorders.
5. Water can help reduce hangover symptoms.
Alcohol dehydrates your body, so it's important to drink plenty of water. Plus alternating between water and alcoholic beverages helps you moderate the amount of alcohol you are drinking.
Now, you might be thinking, how do I know if I'm hydrated? There is a common myth that you have to drink 8 cups of water a day to stay up to par with hydration. The truth is, the amount of water a person needs is different for everyone. Necessary water intake depends on your level of physical activity, your lifestyle, where you live, if you're taking any medications, and ultimately, your overall health. A tip you can use to see your level of hydration is looking at your urine. The lighter the color, the more hydrated you are and if your urine is darker, it means you need to increase your water intake.
If you're someone who gets bored from water easily, there are ways to make your water
more exciting and taste better. Here are some ways to spruce up your water:
1. Lemons or lemon juice
2. Raw Honey
3. Mint leaves
4. Carbonation (use products like the Soda Stream)
5. Sliced fruit or cucumber
6. Fruit cubes (freeze small pieces of fruit in an ice cube tray)
7. Basil leaves
Now you have learned about the importance of staying hydrated and ways to make water less boring, so drink up!