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Always Remember to Hydrate

Posted by in Health: Nutrition  ~  June 24, 2012 12:44:22 PM

It’s common knowledge that one should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy, but the value of hydration is still undermined by many individuals. The human body is composed of 70% water, which means 70% of the all the functions that the body does depend on it. In fact, the feeling of thirst, which is an estimate of 1% dehydration, can already cause one fatigue. Failure to address thirst makes one weak, and, at 7% dehydration can already lead to dementia. Water is so important to life that one can survive three weeks without food, but only 3 days maximum without water.

These are not new information, but the practice of drinking enough is still not an automatic regimen for all. This is one of the reasons why urinary tract infections (UTI) and constipation are one of the everyday concerns of people worldwide. Many look for explanations and reasons for these in other circumstances but fail to recognize that the simple answer to this is to increase water intake.

There are many advantages of being hydrated. One is the ease in weight management. During meal time itself, drinking limits the food intake one feels fuller quicker. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water also allows the transfer and distribution of processed nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to the whole body where it required most. The liquid also help the digestive system to process the food taken in by increasing the acid level in the stomach to accommodate the chemical change.

Having a well-run digestive system means regular bowel movement, allowing the body to get rid of toxins. When one is rid of this in his system, it lessens the risk of skin imperfections that manifest toxins build up. The tricky part about hydration is that as one gets older, the feeling of thirst happens less often. It is sometimes mistaken for hunger, or often not noticed at all. This makes it easier for adults to keep in mind to drink their fill of water for the day.

Remembering to hydrate takes conscious effort, especially for adults. One effective practice is to carry around measured water bottles so that one can keep track of their required 8 glasses, or 2 Liters or water everyday. For those living in tropical countries, the allocation may go up to 10 glasses or 2.5 Liters to cover the heat. For athletes, hydrating before the physical activity is important to prevent fatigue during active engagements. Replenishing lost water that was sweated out during a work out is also important, which usually an additional 2 glasses of water.

It is important to note that though one can get water from colas, juices, soups, and other items that are high in water content, plain glasses of water are still more advisable at is free of calories. Drinks with other elements help in hydrating, but they also add calories from fats and oils, which can add to toxins build up when not watched closely. Hydration with water is still recommended over other beverages.