Why Hydration Is Life

We are told at a young age, “Drink lots of water.” “It’s good for you,” says everybody. Did anybody sit you down to explain why you should be drinking a certain amount of water daily? Proper hydration affects many parts of your body and overall healthy living. The multiple benefits of drinking enough water daily include some of the most basic to keep your body functioning all the way to aesthetic perks.

As a swimmer and athlete, my main reason for drinking water (aside from life) is to prevent muscle cramps, increase energy, and prevent fatigue. Additional benefits of drinking water include:

 

Promotes Weight Loss

Water helps you feel fuller, longer so it helps prevent overeating. Drinking at least a cup of water before a meal will help reduce hunger as well as raise your metabolism. Plus it has zero calories!

Flushes Out Toxins

Water helps flush the nasty toxins we intake throughout the day.

Improves Skin Complexion

Drinking water adds moisture, keeping your skin fresh, soft, smooth, and glowing. It’s the best anti-aging treatment!

Maintains Bowel Regularity

Water aids in proper digestion; it’s essential to digest your food and prevent constipation.

Boosts Immune System

Drinking plenty of water helps prevent the flu and other sicknesses by flushing out those toxins.

Natural Headache Remedy

Water helps to relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Water helps to keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain and cramping is less likely.

Puts Us In A Good Mood

When our bodies function at its best, it’s a great mental boost!

Things to consider

Recognizing signs of dehydration is important. They include:

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine that is darker than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Headache.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • No tears when crying.

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for too long, have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection), are sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration. It doesn’t send signals for thirst.

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

So if you were unsure why we should be drinking water daily, these are just a few reasons to consider.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Water & Nutrition

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dehydration

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