Why Hydration Is Key
Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining good health, yet often overlooked. By drinking enough water each day, it helps our body to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood
Water is needed for the body to digest food properly. Without enough water, you may experience irregular bowel movements, gas, bloating, heartburn, and other discomforts that can hurt your quality of life. By upping one's fluid intake, it may help to get things moving in the right direction again. As it aids in breaking down soluble fibre from your diet to keep your digestion process on track.
Being dehydrated can slow down circulation and affect the flow of oxygen to your brain. Dehydration can also cause your heart to work harder to pump oxygen all through your body. All that expended energy can make you feel sluggish, tired and less focused on performing your duties. Drinking more water prevents dehydration and gives you more pep to get through the day.
Better Brain Performance
Dehydration can affect one's memory, mood, concentration and reaction time. With a few more extra glasses of water a day, you can positively impact cognition and stabilize your emotions. Especially for older individuals who are at a higher risk for dehydration and/or impaired cognitive functions.
Reduced Joint Point
The cartilage in our joints contains approximately 80% water. Staying hydrated helps to keep our joints stay well-lubricated, which helps to reduce friction by creating more of a "cushion" between bones. Lesser friction would mean soother-moving joints and, therefore, lesser aches and pains in your joints.
Sufficient water intake is needed to support your body's natural detoxification system, such as removing waste and harmful substances through urination, breathing, perspiration, and bowel movements. Staying well-hydrated supports your built-in detox processes and keeps your overall health in good condition.
Better Temperature Regulation
When you are dehydrated, your body tends to store more heat, in such cases, it lowers your body's ability to tolerate hot temperatures. Being well-hydrated helps you produce sweat when you are overheated during any activity, which in turn cools your body down. This is how our body responds to our level of hydration and body condition, and it is critical in preventing heat stroke and other potential heat-related conditions.
Certain situations will require us to drink more water to maintain good hydration. Such as physical activities and/or exercising, hot and/or humid weather, or even occasions when we are vomiting or having diarrhoea. These situations can cause us to be
Nonetheless, the eight glasses a day is an easy-to-follow rule to track and a good general gauge.