12 Jul The importance of hydrating
There are so many reasons it is important to keep well hydrated that we don’t even suspect, and as summer is well underway I wanted to share why and how we need to keep hydrated.
Hydration is perhaps the most important and easiest thing you can do you for yourself, after all our body is 60% water.
Did you realise that our brain is strongly influenced by hydration status? Not so surprising when u know that the brain is composed of 73% water!
Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function. This study of young women, showed that after a fluid loss of 1.36% after exercise both mood and concentration were impaired as well as an increase of the frequency of headaches.
We all know that keeping a healthy lifestyle and diet includes drinking enough water for its beneficial function for our kidneys by eliminating toxins and also help prevent constipation. Here’s another good reason to drink plenty of water: drinking plenty of water can help you lose weight. Yep you’ve read well, this is due to the fact that water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate.
Two studies have shown that drinking half a liter of water was shown to increase metabolism by 24-30% for up to 1.5 hours! Dieters who drank half a liter of water before meals lost 44% more weight, over a period of 12 weeks.
As if we needed anymore good reasons, water also helps prevent hangovers. As alcohol is a diuretic, it makes you lose more water than you take in and can lead to dehydration. Although dehydration is not the main cause of hangovers, it can cause symptoms like thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth. A good way to reduce hangovers is to drink a glass of water between drinks, and to have at least one big glass of water before going to bed.
Hydrating is not only about increasing water content to regulate body temperature, distribute oxygen & nutrients as well as flushing toxins from your systems, it is also the basis of healthy skin.
When you are well hydrated, your skin will be firmer, plumper and have a stronger epidermal barrier. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, so it’s very important to drink enough water to make sure to keep it well hydrated.
Pretty sure you must be convinced by now, but how much water is enough? The human body is an amazing machine, and although most of the time for people drinking sufficient water, it is only when your total water content goes below a certain level that thirst kicks in, for optimal fluid intake, never wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
During the summer months and if you live in a hot climate like the UAE, forget about the recommended 6 to 8 glasses a day and drink at least 15 glasses a day for all the beneficial health effects water can bring you.
During times of increased sweating when exercising in a hot environment, drink up to four glasses of cool fluids each hour, make sure to replenish the lost fluid with water and you may also need to replenish electrolytes.
Other circumstances may call for increased water intake. It is extremely important to increase your water intake during breastfeeding or if you suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea.
It is important to drink water throughout the day but if you are looking to lose weight, the timing is important too. Drinking water half an hour before meals is the most effective. It can make you feel more full, so that you eat fewer calories.
It is actually best to drink water cold, because the body will use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to body temperature.
Finally, drinking water in empty stomach in the morning can be immensely beneficial for the body. It is also one of the secrets behind a glowing skin, as water removes the toxins from the blood.
Remember you can never drink enough water!