Importance of Staying Hydrated February 22, 2018 06:00

Water is life. It is the medium for every metabolic activity so all living organisms must stay hydrated. Drinking water is not only crucial to the health of humans, it is important for the proper functioning of every system, organ, tissue and cells of the body. This is because fluids carry the nutrients to the cells and gets rid of the waste from the cells.

Fluids also help to flush out infections in the kidneys and bladder; prevents constipation and improves circulation of blood. It is also needed to lubricate your joints, to remove waste and to regulate temperature; conclusively, water is life.

Depending or age, location, body size and other needs, the amount of water you need per day may vary from as little as 1.5 liters to up to 8 liters. Most people can get by with drinking water or other fluids whenever they are thirsty, however, watch your urine to ensure that you stay hydrated. If your urine is clear or light yellow, you are good but if it is a dark yellow or amber, you are dehydrated. Other important signs of dehydration include low blood pressure, general dizziness, weakness, extreme thirst, headaches, dry mouth, lack of tears when crying and general confusion.

Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated:

  1. Always have water close to you.
  2. Drink little water before and after any exercise. You normally lose water when you work out and you need to replace as soon as possible.
  3. Drink water on schedule. For example, you can drink water when you wake up, after you brush, after a meal or on your way out to work.
  4. If you are not a fan of plain water, add a small slice of lime or lemon to improve the taste.
  5. You can also go for some watery food such as fruits and salads.

Some people need water more than others including people who perform high intensity workout or exercises, pregnant or breastfeeding, those who live in hotter zones, have medical conditions especially that of the kidneys. These conditions require that you drink water almost continuously and as much as possible.

It doesn’t really cost much to stay hydrated; you only need to appreciate the need and to pay close attention to your body. You do not have to wait till you are dehydrated.

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