The Importance of Staying Hydrated

In order for your skin to look its best and most youthful, it is vital to remain well hydrated at all times. This means drinking lots of pure, cold or room temperature water throughout the day. Drinking water offers a lot of other health benefits, which I’ve elaborated below.

  • For a start, our bodies are made up of about 60 to 70 percent of water. Blood is mostly water; your muscles, lungs and brain all contain lots of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste and protects your joints.
  • Our digestive system needs a good amount of water to digest properly. Often times, water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water combined with fiber can cure constipation, which is often as a result of dehydration.
  • The body uses water to help flush out toxins and waste product. Water literally cleanses the system and rids it of threatening elements.
  • Drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 50 percent and can potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Water is a great tool for weight loss. Replace high calorie drinks, such as sodas and alcohol with water.
  • Drinking water can clear up your skin and keep it looking young and fresh. Many people often report a healthy glow after drinking a lot of fresh water.

Effects of Dehydration

  • Being dehydrated can zap your energy and make you feel tired; even dehydration of as little as one or two percent of your body weight. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, etc.
  • Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. Most times, the headaches we feel are simply due to the fact that we are dehydrated. According to Higgins, the brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull. If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches. Of course, there are other causes of headaches, but dehydration is one of the most common.
  • Saliva has antibacterial properties in it which are very useful, but dehydration can prevent your body from making a lot of saliva. If you are not producing enough saliva, you can get bacteria overgrowth and one of the side reactions of that is bad breath from chronic dehydration.

Important Tips To Note
How do you know when you are dehydrated?
Check your urine. If you are well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow. Yellow, chardonnay and orange are warning colors to watch for. When you are 3 percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about 5 percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay-colored. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated, which is considered as severe, your urine will appear orange.

Tips For Staying Hydrated

  • Keep your water bottle handy
  • Spice up plain water with cucumber and lemon slices, just in case you do not like your water plain.
  • Sip more during meals
  • Opt for room temperature or cooler water

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