The Vital Importance of Hydration
Although adult bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, a loss of 1-2% of your normal body’s water balance can lead to dehydration.
This is especially important as we are getting into the hot summer months and we lose more water than average due to higher heat and perspiration, often without even knowing that the water is evaporating from the skin. Symptoms of mild dehydration may be thirst, headache, fatigue or tiredness. It is important to be aware of the mild symptoms as it takes time to re-hydrate preventing further water loss and progressing symptoms.
More severe cases of dehydration may include cramping, dark urine, dizziness, delirium or confusion, flushed skin and even chills. It is important to realize when you are at risk and to be sure to drink plenty of water in advance. Not only to prevent dehydration, but water helps with digestion and to flush the tissues getting rid of waste and helps lubricate muscles, joints and other tissues. Water helps regulate your body temperature, balance your body’s chemicals and is necessary to build essential hormones and neurotransmitters.
A general rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces. Therefore, a 150-pound individual should drink 75 ounces of water each day. Here are a few of the benefits of staying well hydrated.
1. Can help improve flexibility and quality of movement - The fluid in and around muscles and fascia are highly fluid and dehydration makes those tissues sticky
2. Helps maximize performance - As little as a 2% drop in hydration can affect temperature control, reduce motivation and increase fatigue
3. Helps maintain energy and brain function - Fluid loss of 1-3% can impair mood, concentration and increase anxiety
4. May help prevent or treat headaches - Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of dehydration
5. Aids in digestion and prevents constipation - If your body is low in fluids, it will re-absorb water from your large intestine and dry your stool
Please be sure to drink up!