Drinking water can be a drag.
Hard work, in fact.
Too many toilet trips.
Forgetting to drink.
But if you are still wondering how to stay hydrated, we’re here to help.
Science shows that having good reasons for doing something – having a why – increases your chance of sticking to any habit.
So in this post, we’ll give you six good reasons to stay hydrated.
Why is Hydration Important?
You already know that your body is mostly made up of water, so a good level of hydration keeps your body functioning properly.
Water serves many purposes. It’s essential for things like:
- regulating body temperature
- removing toxins through urine
- maintaining blood viscosity
- controlling heart rate and blood pressure
- protecting organs and tissues
- transporting nutrients and oxygen
- helping digestion and elimination.
Dehydration occurs when water intake is too low to keep your fluid levels balanced.
You lose water from your body every minute just from regular breathing, sweating, or using the restroom.
You can be at risk for dehydration even if you are not engaging in vigorous activities.
These signs and symptoms can indicate your hydration status (when you are dehydrated):
- a dry or sticky mouth or tongue
- dark-colored urine or a lack of urine
- dizziness, nausea, headaches
- dry skin, including chapped lips
Each body is different and therefore, individual water needs depend on day-to-day activities and overall lifestyle.
Being mindful of how your body functions and noticing any changes (see symptoms, above) is a good start to figure out what’s right for you.
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Six Good Reasons To Drink More Water:
1 Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
The functions of these fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. That kind of covers everything.
2 Water Can Help Control Calories.
Sure, water is an important part of a healthy diet.
But for years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
Also, drinking water can help to diminish hunger, because hunger can actually be thirst in disguise.
Did you know that you can get plenty of water from fresh foods?
You might be surprised to see how much water is in different foods.
These are definitely some important benefits of staying hydrated!
3 Water Helps Energize Muscles.
Cells that with imbalanced fluids and electrolytes can shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.
Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. It is recommended that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
4 Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.
Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Nice skin is one of the benefits of hydration.
But don’t expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines, says Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD.
5 Water Helps Your Kidneys.
Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine.
When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
6 Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function.
Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration – and the result is constipation.
What is your best reason for drinking more water? And which strategies work best to help you remember to drink?
Let us know in the comments below!