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The Remarkable Influence of Hydration on Your Holistic Health

by Nutri Makhana on September 06, 2023

The elixir of life, water, is a vital substance that fuels our body and  keeps them functioning optimally. Hydration, or the process of supplying our bodies with enough fluids, is frequently disregarded  despite having a significant impact on our overall health.

Water is a chemical substance composed of hydrogen and oxygen and existing in a gaseous state. It is one of the most plentiful and essential of compounds. A tasteless and odorless liquid at room temperature. The aqueous solution of the world's seas are thought to have given rise to life, and living things rely on aqueous solutions for the biological processes including the production of blood and digestive juices. On various planets and moons both inside and outside, water is present. Water has an intrinsic blue hue, despite the fact that in little amounts it appears colorless. This color is created by slight absorption of light  at red wavelengths.

The Importance of Hydration

Hydration is the body’s capacity to absorb water, the essential liquid it requires, depends on how readily available to it. Every cell, tissue and organs needs fluid to carry out the task, including regulating body temperature, getting rid of waste and lubricating joints.

The absorption of water is primarily done through drinking liquids, preferable water  but around 20% intake comes from the food as well.

Age, climate and amount of physical activity are the factors which will impact our level of hydration, and consequently how much water we need. In addition, we need to replace water lost through a variety of regular biological processes including breathing and urinating. Additionally, drinks like coffee or tea, actually dehydrating, despite having water, so it should not be considered as a source of fluids.

At one extreme, drinking insufficient amounts of water throughout the day will result in thirst, drowsiness, lightheadedness and headaches but continued dehydration starts to cause the body to shut down. As the body attempts to make up  for the deficiency in blood volume, the rise of heart rate and the fluids are redirected from the essential organs including the brain and lungs.

Effects of Dehydration

  • Reduced Cognitive Function: Even minor dehydration can make it difficult to focus, remember things or stay awake. Drinking enough fluids keeps your mind sharp and focused.
  • Reduced Physical performance: Dehydration can cause weariness, cramps and and decreases the physical performance while indulging in any physical activity.
  • Digestive Issues: Not drinking enough water can lead to constipation and other digestive issues as water aids in breakdown of meals and soothes the digestion.
  • Aids Impaired Temperature regulation: water aids in temperature regulation by allowing the body to release the heat through perspiration. Dehydration can obstruct this process, resulting in overheating and associated elements brought on by the heat.
  • Affects your skin: Supple, radiant skin  is a result of enough hydration. Dryness, inflammation and early aging are the signs of dehydration.
  • Kidney Function: Water plays an important role in the functioning of the body. Adequate hydration maintains kidney function by assisting in the blood’s filtration of waste  and toxins, reducing the development of kidney stones. 

Tips for staying Hydrated:

  1. Drink a glass of water or juice first thing in the water. As it has been told to us since our childhood that we should drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday, around 3-4 liters of water intake should be done everyday.
  2. Instead of taking large gulps at once, drink often throughout the day to satisfy your body’s needs and avoid frequent urination issues.
  3. Because our system requires water to balance our intake of fiber, constipation issues may result from not drinking enough water.
  4. Fluids that are cooler, between 40 and 60 degrees are more easily absorbed. Make sure to drink and refill the water bottle you keep in your refrigerator, which should hold 1-2 quarts.
  5. Take a break to have a cool drink when you see a drinking fountain
  6. You can tell how hydrated you are by looking at the color of your pee. You are drinking enough if you frequently urinate and your urine is a light yellow color. If it is dark yellow, drink more liquids.
  7.  Always have a water bottle on you and sip on it frequently between meals.
  8. Those who use drugs and those who have allergies should make an effort to reach the aforementioned hydration objectives. To digest medications, our kidneys and liver require additional water.
  9. Thirty minutes before doing out, consume 1-2 cups of fluid, and every 25 minutes while working out, consume 1/2 to 1 cup of fluid. Drink as much water as you lost during your workout within two hours (for instance, 2 cups for every pound lost).
  10. Drink before you become dehydrated. Your body starts to feel thirsty when it is already dehydrated. Even once your thirst is satisfied, continue to frequently hydrate yourself throughout the day.

To sum it up, hydration stands as a fundamental pillar in the quest for peak health, extending beyond the mere act of water consumption. Its influence reverberates through every aspect of our physical and emotional well-being, from sharpening cognitive functions to nurturing radiant skin and more. By prioritizing proper hydration, we furnish our bodies with the essential resources they crave, enabling them to operate at their zenith, and maintaining a vibrant and vigorous life. Remember, embracing hydration represents a straightforward yet pivotal stride toward cultivating a healthier, more invigorated existence.



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