The Importance of Good Hydration
Rebecca Edwards, Cardiff's most in demand Personal Trainer and soon to be Chiropractor, explains the benefits of being hydrated and managing your fluid levels.
The human body is actually made up of 65-75% water. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. We lose water on a daily basis through sweat, going to the toilet and even breathing. Water is needed for every cell,organ or tissue within the body to function correctly. If you are dehydrated every cellin your body is working harder, whioch will lead to escalated levels of oxidative stress and fatigue. It is therefore very important that we maintain our hydration levels within the body.
65 - 75%of our human body is water; that's a lot of water! Another thing to be aware of is when you become dehydrated, your body switches to survival mode to prevent you from losing what remains of such a vital source. As a result, it retains fluid which leads to weight gain and bloating. This is why body builders after a show will often gain a minimum of a stone in the few days of a show. The body holds onto the water that it has been sdtarved of for the several days prior.
Many of us consume caffeine, in tea, coffee, stimulation drinks and cola, which only adds to making dehydration worse. This is because caffeinated drinks such as these are known as diuretics. Diuretics drive water out of the body, which will end up causing further dehydration. Monitor your intake of these drinks closely and eliminate them totally if you can. Not just because of the caffeine content, but also all the other junk such as, sugar, sweeteners and nasty chemicals. You'll feel the benefits within a few days. Alcohol has the same effect, which is why when you wake up after a heavy night on the booze you are often greeted with a dry mouth and headache. By eliminating or drastically reducing these products from your diet, upping your water intake and by including water-filled foods such as fruit, vegetables and legumes you can regain your natural fluid balance and boost your weight loss potential.
Signs of dehydration include:
- Dry Mouth
- Extreme Thirst
- Poor levels of concentration
- Decreased sporting performance
- Lethargy or sleepiness
- Tight and aching muscles
- No tears when crying
Combat these feeling s by staying hydrated. Aim to drink a minimum of 2.5 litres of fresh, filtered water every day. With intense exercise this may need to be increased. Some people are also heavy sweaters and this is something that needs to be managed on a individual basis, You can substitute water for sugar free squash, green tea or herbal tea. Coconut wazter is the new fraze with athletes and this stuff is fantastic. (I will wite a blog post on the benefits of coconut water very soon!!)This will all contribute towards your Daily Recommended Allowance.
How do I know If I'm Hydrated?
Monitoring your urine is the simplest way to manage your hydratuion levels. Urine that is a strong yellow and has a strong smell will show severe dehydration. We should all aim to have clear urine, that is not disimilar to water itself.
So next time your at the coffee shop remember how important water is for you. It will increase your energy levels, detoxify and cleanse your body from the inside out and lead to increased bodyily function and a faster metabolism.
So get drinking the good old fashioned H20!!!
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