Staying Hydrated

A healthy lifestyle includes a number of things you need to do and also shouldn’t do. Eating healthy, exercising, getting adequate sleep, enjoying friends and the outdoors and staying hydrated should be on your to do list. Your body is about fifty-five to sixty-five percent water, based on your age and sex. It’s necessary for a number of functions and if you’re dehydrated, those functions go awry. Seniors are particularly prone to dehydration. The percentage of water varies from organ to organ, with the heart and brain containing 73 % water, lungs 83%, muscles and kidneys 79%.

Water is necessary for carrying out many functions.

You need water to keep your body temperature normal and water as a building block for cells. Water is necessary to help break down food and transport those nutrients throughout the boy. Water helps eliminate waste and keeps the joints lubricated. It protects the spinal cord and brain by acting like a shock absorber. Achy joints can occur without adequate water since it lubricates them.

Drinking more water can help you lose weight.

Sometimes, when you think you’re hungry, you’re really thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water before you reach for a snack and you might be surprised at how much better you feel. A glass of water before meals can also help fill you up, so you’ll eat less. Water has no calories, so foods heavily laden with water are often lower in calories, too. You can eat quite a bit without gaining weight. Sipping on water throughout the day can also keep you going at top speed and help control your appetite

Are you dragged out and tired? Try a glass of water.

One of my favorite tricks is to drink a glass of water when I’m tired, rather than heading for the pot of coffee. While coffee does contain caffeine, it also is a diuretic that can deplete your body of water even further. Muscle fatigue is caused by inadequate fluids and that can cause poor athletic performance, so drinking about two glasses of water two hours before exercising helps keep you going.

  • You’ll look better if you’re adequately hydrated. Dehydration affects the skin and makes your skin look older. It won’t bring miracles and turn back the clock, because once you’re hydrated, the rest of the water is expelled in urine.
  • Adequate water over time helps prevent kidney stones. It also prevents constipation.
  • Carry a bottle of water with you and sip on it throughout the day. Leave your coffee cup at home.
  • Eight 8-oz glasses of water is recommended per day on the average. Larger people should drink more. People who workout should replace the fluid they lost through perspiration.

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