It’s National Hydration Day today, so there is really no better time to talk about the importance of being hydrated and how it effects your body than right now. Truth is, water is an essential part of life, and as some see it as a tasteless beverage, it is the most important liquid that helps our bodies function properly. Nothing quenches like water does, if you’re thirsty, reach for water to satisfy and keep dry mouth at bay. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body temperature cooled down and with a good amount of water intake, say hello to beautiful skin too! If you want to really show your body some love, give it some hydration, here’s some helpful tips how below.
Water, water and more water!
Well duh, water is the most essential step in having a well hydrated, properly functioning body. Just how much water is really enough to get my full supply each day? Try following the 8×8 rule, it’s recommended that you take in eight 8-ounce glasses a day equaling to about 2 liters of water. To some, especially those who don’t drink much water, this could seem like a lot to take in, but don’t worry after you stick to drinking the recommended amount of water and start feeling and seeing the results you’ll want to keep it going. If you are not a fan of the tasteless flavor of water, that’s understandable — try adding in some fresh fruit like lemon, lime and strawberries for a sweet twist.
Sometimes water alone isn’t enough, while water is very important to take in on the daily, it sometimes just isn’t enough. Your body often times also needs electrolytes. Electrolytes have certain minerals such as, calcium, chloride, magnesium and potassium which are essential to human health. According to eletewater electrolytes are responsible for directing water and nutrients to the areas of the body where its needed most and maintaining optimal fluid balance inside the cells. Skip the sugary sports drinks to gain electrolytes, instead did you know that just by eating the right foods such as, spinach, banana, lentils and avocados and also drinking plenty of water, your electrolytes will be taken care of? pretty awesome right!? If you want a different alternative, many runners choose to go with electrolyte tablets like these NUUN Active Tabs Hydration Tablets.
Eat the right foods
Ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, it’s true, and if you’re not eating the right foods — your body will begin to feel sluggish and tired, even if you’re drinking the proper amount of water. The food you take in also plays an important role in how well hydrated your body is. Taking in water rich foods are a great way to keep hydrated, watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cucumber and lettuce are a few foods with high water contents. When sweating for a while, it’s a good idea to take in some table salt to help retain fluid in the body which keeps us hydrated — pretzels, salty nuts or adding some salt to a hydrating boosting smoothie are a few ways to add in some beneficial salt into your body. Whether out for dinner or sitting at home, try to train yourself to reach for water when you’re thirsty, you might be craving sugary drinks, but your body doesn’t gain anything from them. Water accounts for 60 percent of the body and is essential to every cell — so treat your body well by giving it what it really wants.
Water is life! If you are severely dehydrated, your kidneys could stop working, causing toxins to build up in your body. Your kidneys need water to filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine. There are a few ways to tell if you body is hydrated well enough. Check your pee, yep this is a simple way to make sure you’re well hydrated — if your pee is a light yellow color, you’re more than likely hydrated, dark colored pee means you’re most likely dehydrated and need to re-hydrate immediately.