Hydration is one of the most essential element and one of the most important to health. To prevent dehydration and ensure survival, our body has developed an explicit drought management system. Since we were young, we have constantly heard that water is good for us, but never actually questioned why.
Our blood, muscles, lungs, and brain all contain water, and we need to drink it so we can sustain our body. In order to remain the body temperature and lets the nutrients we intake with food flow to our organs , tissues and cells we also need water. Water also transports the oxygen to our cells and removes the waste.
The lack of water or loosing too much water leads to dehydration. We should always avoid this. Of course one of the obvious symptom is thirst, and if you don’t take care of it, then you might experience some more serious symptoms – like pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, headaches and constipation.
A symptom of not drinking enough water is also the color of your urine. The darker yellow it is, the more water you need to drink. The darker color indicates that you are not getting enough water. Note that some daily food supplements, as Vitamin B, will make the color brighter, and some other medications can affect it as well.
We loose water trough urination, sweating and even trough breathing. We loose more water when we are active than sedentary or deskbound. Some medications, such as caffeine pills or other certain medication might increase the amount of water your body loses. We should always look to replace the lost fluids with intake of new ones trough food or beverages.
Sweetened soft drinks and sodas have added sugar that adds extra calories but no additional nutritional value, and water is the healthiest, cheapest drink that contains no calories, no carbs and no fat.
If you need other reasons to drink more water think about this: Water is actually the best tool for weight loss; a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack; being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired; dehydration leads to this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and headaches; often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water; drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water; our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly; water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body; drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%.
Regardless of all those facts, not many of us have the habit of drinking the required amount of water per day (8 glasses) so we end up drinking coffee, teas, sodas, and caloric juices to get our daily hydration and often don’t manage so we stay dehydrated which is bad for us. Of course, those of us who don’t drink water take other fluids but in time those beverages eventually replace water as the daily form of hydration and high coffee intake could also cause losses of minerals and calcium.