Super useful tips to keep you Hydrated
On my way to work in the mornings I see many people walking or jogging for exercise. More times than not they have no water with them to hydrate while working out. It’s very important to keep hydrated while exercising, especially in warmer weather. Unfortunately, a good number of people ignore this very important rule.
Not drinking enough water could result in result dehydration! Some warning signs include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness and confusion. During hot weather it is vitally important for older adults to drink water, not consuming enough water can be very serious for them. The elderly they have a more serious symptoms stemming for dehydration such as, higher risk of loss of balance, kidney problems, constipation and electrolyte imbalance. So, when its warm outside, it’s a good idea to check on your parents or grandparents more often during the hottest months of the year and remind them to drink water.
The Benefits of drinking water
Some of the benefits to drinking water is regulating of body temperature, protection of organs and tissues, flushes bacteria from the bladder; water carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, aides in digestion, helps to balance electrolytes, cushions joints, and helps to stabilize heartbeat.
How much water should I drink daily?
Our bodies are comprised of about 60% water; meaning the average adult has 1.2 to 1.5 gallons 4.5 to 5.5 (liters) of blood. From our daily bodily functions, humans are constantly losing fluids mainly water from our bodies mostly through urine and sweat. To keep hydrated we need to drink an adequate amount of water. Most health professionals recommend drinking at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day which is equivalent to 2 liters or a half gallon (64 ounces). This is known as the 8x8 rule; the name makes it a bit easy to remember. Health experts understand that everyone is different so, some people might need more or less water depending on body weight and type. Getting in 64 ounces won’t be difficult at all if you sip water throughout the day.
Not Drinking Enough Water can Affect your Brain
This is no secret that water is very important to the human body and not drinking enough will affect you brain. There are many studies that claim about 80% of Americans don’t consume enough water. If you find yourself feeling tired, fatigued and confused doing simple tasks, you might be dehydrated and in need of some water. Water lubricates our brain and body so don’t
neglect to hydrate. Studies have shown if your brain loses 1% of water it also loses 5% in cognitive brain function.
Don’t even think about trying to use artificial drinks as a substitute for water. Carbonated soft drinks, coffee, or juices aren’t a direct replacement for water, although these beverages do have water in their content. Natural juices and alternate drinks such as coconut water contain some health benefits, they still aren’t substitutes for water. Remember soda and juice have high fructose syrup that can increase your risk of cancer diabetes heart disease and obesity.
Persistent under hydration can affect your mood; your body reacts in a negative way when haven’t been drinking enough water. Dehydration will trigger different parts of the brain to make you feel nervous and anxious whereas, staying hydrated can prevent this from happening. So, when you are suffering from these symptoms it may very well could be lack of water. In addition to drinking water, you can also get water from eating water rich foods such as tomato, watermelon, cucumber, spinach, strawberries. Fruit and vegetables are easy and natural ways of getting additional water in your system however, nothing can replace drinking water as part of your diet.
So, don’t fight the feeling if your body is calling for water, heed the call and give your body what it thirsts for. We can all use more fruits and veggies in our lives and get some water at the same time. Adding more fruits and veggies to our diet will keep us healthy while getting in extra water to help us stay hydrated; it’s a two for one deal.
Water Facts that you Should Know
Water is the body’s natural air conditioner; it cools the body down during the hot summer months. As your body heats up, your skin pumps out water to cool you down. This is what is commonly known as sweat. If you work in a hot environment overweight or live at a higher altitude you stand more of a chance of being dehydrated. The older we get the more water we need and there is a decline of bodies water concentration that starts as age 30.
The countries that consume the most water are the United States, China and Mexico. The average person consumes about 200 plastic bottles of water each year. While drinking water is good, we should try to reduce the amount of plastic we use. One way to reduce plastic is by switching to reusable containers. You can find them at most retailers, Amazon has a large number of reusable bottles to choose from. To be as environmentally conscious as possible, we should recycle our plastic bottles to help minimize our carbon footprint. Only 12-20% of all plastic bottles are recycled each year. We can reduce this number with refillers.