May 20, 2019
How To Stay Hydrated
For healthier joints, clearer skin and better post-workout recovery, staying hydrated is more important than you might think.
Why Is Water So Important?
Your body depends on water to survive!
Water protects your cells, regulates your body temperature, and rids your body of toxins. It helps you regulate your temperature, lubricates your joints, helps you produce tears and saliva and so much more.
Drinking enough water will helps you feel more alert, maintain healthy skin, and prevent constipation and headaches.Your body naturally loses water throughout the day, so drinking enough to stay hydrated is essential.
Signs of Dehydration
If you don't drink enough water, your body won't be able to function at it's best. It's important to be proactive about your water consumption and pay close attention to how much water you're drinking everyday.
Common symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth or throat
- Extremely yellow urine
- Increased pulse
- Lower body weight than the day before
- A general lower quality of bodily functioning ie. mental concentration
If you notice these symptoms and suspect that you're dehydrated, aim to slowly increase your water intake. An average adult requires around 2 litres of water per day - but don't go overboard as too much water can be just as dangerous as too little.
How to stay hydrated
- Start your day with a glass of water before your morning coffee.
- Don't like the taste of water? Add basil, mint or berries to give water a natural flavor boost.
- Avoid juices & fizzy drinks; stick with water for healthy hydration.
- Sip water during long workouts. When it comes to a 7 minute workout, drinking water before and after is enough.
- Carry a reusable bottle of water to stay hydrated on the go, and protect the environment while you're at it!
Remember: Certain foods can be a great source of hydration. Opt for fruits & veggies with a high water content like strawberries, watermelon, lettuce and cantaloupe.