Your Body, With and Without Proper Hydration
By Stepy Kamei
Hydration is one of those aspects of our health that we know is important, yet we often fall short on ensuring we meet the criteria for it to truly benefit our health. It doesn't really help matters that sometimes it seems like we're given contradictory advice and information as to when we should drink fluids, how often we should drink fluids, and even what kind of fluids we should and shouldn't be drinking in the first place. To understand just how important hydration is, it helps to know how your body responds to being properly hydrated versus how it functions when it isn't getting enough liquids. If you've struggled with maintaining hydration, you're likely to notice differences to your health and well-being once you commit to this important lifestyle habit.
Detrimental Health Effects of Lacking Hydration
When you're not adequately hydrated, your body experiences more than simply a feeling of thirst. One of the most noticeable effects of dehydration -- even if you don't realize they're related -- is a sense of overall fatigue and tiredness. You may also experience dry skin and cracked lips, muscle cramps, a negative mood, and constipation or other digestive issues. Water benefits the entire body by making sure things run smoothly and efficiently, so when you feel thirsty, you should always heed the warning and drink some water immediately!
The Many Benefits of Hydration
Studies have shown that people who maintain adequate levels of hydration tend to experience a more positive attitude, better energy, increased motivation and productivity, improved sleep, a regular digestive tract, and even less physical discomfort such as a lack of muscle soreness and headaches. These are all great reasons to take hydration a little more seriously.
How To Tell if You Need More Water (And How to Get It)
Your body is constantly losing water, whether it's from physical exertion, your body's normal everyday functions, or from the temperature of the surrounding environment. Do your body a favor and stay ahead of the hydration curve. Don't just drink water when you're thirsty -- make it a habit to drink water on a regular basis. You may consider setting an alarm, or posting a bright sticky note on your computer screen, reminding you to take a sip of water every 30 minutes. It's also important to remember that water is the only true source of hydration. Juice and soda can't provide the same benefits, and tea and coffee can actually dehydrate you faster.
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