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Understanding Hydration

This blog post was created for us to understand why hydration is so important for our health and weight loss.

Hydration is probably one of the most underrated parts of our health. We don't pay enough attention to it anywhere near as much as we should be. Roughly 60% of the adult human body needs to be water, so it would be wise for us to pay more attention to it as dehydration could be upon us even before we feel thirsty. We should be drinking at least 1.5L of water daily, more if we live a physically active lifestyle.

If we are often tired/lethargic/irritable, if we constantly get headaches, if we have dry skin and if we get constipation, all this could be a sign of lack of water. We would be surprised that drinking water could get rid of these issues we often get. By the time we feel thirsty, our bodies are already mildly dehydrated.

Importance of water

As stated above, our bodies are made up of at least 60% water. - Water is needed to regulate our body temperature and keeps it in homeostasis.

- Water helps carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells to keep them alive and healthy. This is why we get really thirsty when we exercise because we lose water from sweat, and we need water to aid in oxygen transfer.

- Water aids in digestion and absorption of food.

- Water helps remove waste and toxins from our cells and body.

These are just some of the main reasons why water is so important to us. We can truly feel it when we don't get enough water, the issue is that we don't think that lack of water is causing the issue. If we often forget to drink water due to our busy lifestyle, here are some little tips we can follow:

- Drink 1 to 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning.

- If we feel peckish between meals, drink a glass of water first instead of going straight to food, this may help us eat less also.

- Carry a small bottle with us so there is always water accessible to us.

- Make it a habit so every time after we go to the bathroom, we drink a glass of water before going back to do whatever we were doing.

Most important thing is to just remember to drink water. A sure sign we could use for whether or not we are drinking enough is the colour of our urine. We should be aiming for light yellow to clear urine. Any darker is a sign we need to drink more water.

I hope this helps our understanding with hydration and the importance of it to our bodies.