Why hydration is so important?
“If there is magic on this earth, it is contained in water.”Loren Eisely
Infographic on why hydration is so important?
Scientific research has proved that water is the basic necessity of life, it represents a critical nutrient that is used by every single cell in the human body. Not only is it vital to quench our thirst but it helps in regulating the body’s temperature, keeping the tissues moist and is important to sustain as a living being. Our body weight is about 60% of water. Water is very important in our life. The amount of water needed by a person depends on their climatic conditions, physical activity, the status of their overall health, etc.
Ever wondered why hydration is so important ? Because, water is an essential part of our health the reasons being:
- Helps in excretion of body waste: Adequate amount of water intake facilitates the removal of body waste in the form of perspiration, urination and defecation. Water enables the detoxification of blood and filters out the blood vessels leading to the kidneys. Water is also helpful for preventing constipation.
- Water helps in the optimal functioning of the brain: As per a small study on adult men from China published in June 2019 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, dehydration is a drag to memory, attention and energy. Proper electrolyte balance is necessary to required to keep the body functioning optimally. Low electrolytes can cause fatigue, dizziness and loss of balance.
- Keeps the cardiovascular system healthy: Water is a major component of our blood (plasma is about 90% water). If we become dehydrated, our blood becomes more concentrated and it causes an imbalance of electrolyte minerals which are necessary for proper muscle and heart function. It can further lead to lower blood volume, thus fluctuating blood pressure from normal, making one feel light-headed or woozy.
- Aids in digestion: Water is vital for digestion. It enables the breaking down of food, allowing its nutrients to be absorbed by the cells, while it also smoothens the process of Both large and small intestines absorb water, which moves into the bloodstream, further breaking down nutrients. When the large intestine absorbs water, stool changes from solid to liquid. It also aids in the digestion of soluble fibre.
- Water prevents dehydration: When we engage in rigorous physical activity, sweat in the heat or contract fever or an illness that causes diarrhoea, our body loses water. When the body is losing fluids due to any of these reasons, it is important to increase the fluid intake immediately to restore the normal hydration level of the body. Water also helps in regulating body temperature.
- How much water/fluids do we need?: As per the research done by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, it is recommended that men should consume 3.7 litres (15.5 cups) and women should consume 2.7 litres (11.5 cups) of fluids per day. This can be taken in the form of water, beverages, fruits and vegetables. Water is very important element of our food. The colour of urine often indicates the level of hydration. Dark yellow urine is a sign of dehydration, while brown or cola coloured urine indicates a medical emergency.
SUMMARISING EVERYTHING DISCUSSED ABOVE I’D SAY WATER IS VERY IMPORTANT IN OUR LIFE.
Now, as we know why hydration is so important, we should also look out for the signs which indicate that our body is lacking water.