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Why Hydration Is Important

By Stepy Kamei

If there's one thing an overwhelming majority of us have in common, regardless of where we live or what kind of work we do, it's that it's highly likely we're dehydrated. Yes, recent studies have shown that up to 75 percent of all Americans are "chronically dehydrated," if not more.

This may sound jarring or unexpected, until you stop to think about the last time you really put an effort into drinking enough water throughout the day. Do you remember how many glasses of water you had yesterday? It's important to note that only water will hydrate the body -- soda, sports drinks, juices, and even teas simply don't count.

For the vast majority of us, hydration just isn't something we think enough about, and it's rarely considered a priority. However, this couldn't be further from the truth, so be sure to keep on reading to find out why staying hydrated is so important for your overall health, while picking up some helpful tips on how to prevent dehydration from affecting you.

How Dehydration Impacts the Body

When the body is dehydrated, the effects start to show almost right away -- and they can impact any different areas of your body. More obvious signs include a feeling of thirst, dry skin, and chapped lips. However, the damage doesn't end there. Fatigue, irritability, poor digestion, dizziness, and lack of concentration are all common side effects of dehydration. Translation? If you're ever having a rough day, but you can't put your finger on what's causing your distress, try simply drinking a glass of water and see if you experience any positive change.

Tips for Sneaking in Enough Water Throughout the Day

So, you now know how important it is to be getting enough water every day. Sometimes, this feels easier said than done.

Fortunately, there are ways in which you can help yourself get and stay hydrated every day. First, be sure to always have easy access to fresh water. This may mean keeping multiple portable water bottles in your car, your purse, your desk, and anywhere else you spend a significant amount of time. Be sure to fill them all up every night and place them in strategic positions for the following day.

It's always a great idea to start your day off by drinking a glass of water, before the responsibilities of the day end up distracting you. You can bring a full glass of water into your bedroom every night and leave it on your nightstand, so it's ready for you to drink right when you wake up the next morning.

If you find the taste of water to be too bland and boring to keep your interest, you may want to try adding a natural and healthy boost of flavor. For instance, you can add fresh slices of cucumber, orange, or lemon for a nice burst of flavor. Alternatively, sprigs of mint or fresh berries can be a fun addition to improve the taste of your water as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Durham, N.C.

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