Why do we need water?
The average human body is 60% water and every cell, tissue and organ in your body requires water in order to function at it’s best. Water serves a range of purposes in our bodies’, such as removing waste through urine, controlling the body’s temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, and also maintaining a healthy metabolism. It is pretty much essential to our everyday lives. We lose water through sweat, going to the toilet and even breathing. Hence, an imbalance between the intake and these losses are what leads to dehydration.
How much water is needed?
There is no scientific data to support the old wives’ tale of “8 glasses of water per day”, although it is certainly not a harmful rule. Ideally an average person should drink enough water to go to the bathroom every 2-4 hours. Checking your urine is a good indicator of your hydration levels, if your urine is clear or light yellow you know your body is well hydrated. On the other hand, if your urine is darker in color it may be time to drink a bit more water.
What are the signs of dehydration?
Dehydration can range from mild to some very serious symptoms. It is very important to hydrate yourself before you feel the symptoms of dehydration.
- Dry mouth and eyes
- Dark colored urine
- Extreme thirst
Here are some tips to help you remember to keep hydrated.
- Keep a bottle of water with you throughout the day
- Always drink water before, during and after exercise
- If you don’t like drinking plain water try adding a slice of lemon or orange to spice it up
- Thirst is often confused with hunger, so when you feel hungry always drink some water before you grab a bite. This will help you shed a couple of pounds too.
- Make it a habit to have a glass of water when you wake up