Water is an important and essential fluid that makes up approximately 60% of the average human body. Maintaing proper water balance is detrimental for our survival. Hydration is the replenishing, balanced water intake that promotes normal functioning of our bodies, minds, and organs. On the other hand, dehydration is the lack of fluid in the body's systems that may cause abnormal functioning, including attention and memory. We will discuss the benefits of hydration, as well as the consequences of dehydration on the human body and brain, and lastly ways to maintain hydration for optimal mental, physical, and emotional functioning.
To Hydrate or Not Hydrate... is that really even a question?!
Hydration plays an important role in our health and well-being. When we maintain the body's fluid balance, we aid in the transportion of nutrients in the body, regulation of body temperature, as well as food digestion. Yes, (you who is reading this) there are direct ways to improve the internal functioning of our bodies and organs, although we may not be able to physically see it. Our bodies also utilize water to lubricate joints, protect organs, and flush out waste.
On the other hand, when we fail to maintain proper fluid balance our bodies will give us signs presented as symptoms in hopes that we hydrate soon! Dehydration is linked to loss of sodium and electrolytes, which can alter mental functioning. When the toxins are not flushed out through the hydration process, it will increase risk of developing pimples due to clogged pores and acne. Dehydration depletes and put strain on the body and mind. We are constantly losing fluids through sweating and urine, so have to diligent in maintaining hydration. The normal color of urine from a hydrated person is pale/light yellow. If the urine is a dark yellow/orange.... HYDRATE immediately!
How do I maintain hydration and proper fluid balance?
There are many differing opinions in how much to drink per day. Most health professionals can agree that a minimum of eight 8-oz glasses of water per day will meet majority of the populations need for hydration. Increasing water intake can help with constipation, decrease risk for kidney stones, as well as lower risk of bladder and colorectal cancer, according to some studies. Drinking more water may help with several health problems, as well as boost mood and energy!
Now let's toast to good health... with water, of course!
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- WildPhlower Wellness Management
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