Why we need to stay Hydrated

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I cannot emphasise the importance of Hydration.

Our body is made up of over 60% water, so it certainly makes sense.

Here are some of the reasons:

  • Helps with digestion
  • Helps convert your food to energy and absorb the nutrients
  • Flushes out body waste
  • Delivers Oxygen to all parts of the body
  • Regulates the bodies temperature
  • Lubricates the joints

The lists goes on and on and on. Without water survival is impossible. It’s part of the functioning of every cell and organ system in the body.

If you think your hydration levels are low and intend on increasing them, be warned you will wee a lot.

Signs to look for if you think your hydration is low:

  • Thirst
  • Fatigue and/or mood swings
  • Hunger even though you’ve recently eaten
  • Back or joint aches
  • Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles
  • Infrequent urination – dark, concentrated urine and/or constipation.

The table below indicates an estimation of your bodies required water intake based on weight. Note that these figure will need to change depending on your activity levels, health and the environmental conditions you are exposed to.

When exercising you should increase by 1.5 – 2.5 cups (400-600militres).

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