“What’s the big deal about hydration?”
Water is involved in countless physiological and metabolic processes and functions throughout your body. The human body is made up of 60% water. Here are some key ways water can improve your health.
Youthful looking skin. By keeping your cells well hydrated they are less prone to wrinkles and fine lines.
Eliminates wastes. For healthier bowel function which will aid in the removal and speed transit time. It is the colon’s job to remove all wastes. Without proper hydration the colon will begin reabsorbing water from the stool causing constipation and increased difficulty in passing stools. This can translate to abdominal cramping and discomfort.
Prevention of Kidney stones and urinary infections. Kidneys have many functions and rely on adequate hydration to perform well. The kidneys are responsible to mineral absorption that enable proper energy production, regulation of heart rate, and bone health. Without proper hydration the body becomes more prone to kidney stones. The urine will be darker in color and have an odor due to the kidneys sequestering water sources to perform their functions. This may also increase the likelihood of urinary tract infections.
Freely moving Muscles & Joints. Adequate hydration will yield optimum performance. The joints rely on proper lubrication and oxygen delivery to move freely and avoid injury and degeneration. Water balance within muscles is essential for proper electrolyte delivery. Without adequate water there is more likelihood for cramping and fatigue.
Maintains body fluids. Water aids in the creation of saliva which lubricates the oral cavity and begins the digestion of nutrients. Without adequate hydration the mouth will be dry which can negatively affect food digestion and lead to tooth decay. Dry eyes due to the lack of water required to make tears that lubricate the eye can lead to damage to the front surface of the eye and impair vision. Water also aids in the regulation of body temperature by releasing sweat preventing you from overheating.
Researchers suggest adequate water intake should be equal to ½ your body weight in ounces. It is also important to consider fluid losses such as; living in warmer climates, higher altitudes, during exercise, breathing, urine, stools, and skin evaporation. These losses are constantly negating the original figure. The body can easily become dehydrated, so drink up!