Did you know that good hydration is one of the most important aspects of our diet? We should be drinking enough liquids each day to keep up the proper fluid levels in our body to ensure that all the bodily functions are able to perform normally. Sadly, most Americans don’t do this, and many become dehydrated without even knowing it.
Why Does Our Body Need Fluids?
Proper hydration in our body is essential for so many processes to take place. The blood system carries glucose, oxygen and nutrients to cells; the kidneys eliminate waste products, and the correct amount of fluid in our body is vital for these to occur. It also lubricates our joints and eyes, helps our digestive system function and keeps our skin healthy.
The human body also has a system in place designed to regulate our body temperature. This is especially true in hot conditions. We perspire, which acts as a cooling agent in the body and helps us maintain a stable temperature. The more water we lose through sweat, the more we need to replace thru hydration.
Why Do We Need To Stay Continually Hydrated?
Hydration is so important in the body that even when levels drop only slightly, we begin to feel the consequences. Low levels of fluid can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, poor concentration and dry mouth. Over longer periods of time, dehydration can cause chronic constipation and urinary tract infections. Being dehydrated has also been known to play a huge part in the formation of kidney stones. Adequate and consistent intake of fluid can help prevent these issues.
How Do I Know If I’m Getting Enough Liquids?
Waiting for the sensation of thirst is not the way to determine whether or not you need to get some fluids in your body. By the time we feel thirsty, we are probably already dehydrated and potentially suffering some of the effects. Also, just drinking enough to quench your thirst does not fully hydrate the body! Actually, the best indicator of good hydration is your urine color. Your urine should a pale, straw color. Darker colored urine is a sign that the body needs more fluid. Getting into the habit of drinking regularly is a great way of keeping hydrated.
How Much Is Enough?
Most adults should drink at least 64 ounces of fluid per day. A typical cup or glass is about 8 ounces, so this equates to 8 a day. Children need slightly less and should aim for around 6 drinks a day, but once they reach teenage years their requirements are similar to adults. Don’t forget that our needs can change depending on certain factors, including your level of physical activity and/or climate, so its best to always drink regularly.
Athletes And Hydration
Adequate fluid intake is critical for athletes, mostly because they lose so much fluid through sweat. It is well known that performance in athletes can drop if fluid levels are not adequate. Many athletes now are going the IV hydration route, which provides an. The IV Hub offers Recovery and Performance IV Treatment for athletes. Contact us for more information!
Benefits of IV Hydration Therapy
Intravenous fluids have been used over the years to hydrate and replace needed vitamins, minerals and overall health needs. IV fluids start working immediately on rehydrating you, and you will definitely notice the difference right away!
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