At Hint, we combine the need for hydration with the fun of great taste. Of course, consuming water is essential, but some make the wrong decisions by listening to their taste buds. Sugary drinks may taste great but they are not healthy! When we’re thirsty, we grab whatever’s available, but we should place more thought toward what we put in our bodies. As you’ll learn below, if we’re thirsty, we’re already on the way to dehydration. So why is drinking water so vital? Why is hydration important? Read on below to find out.
Water Feeds The Whole Body
A regular intake of fluids is essential to normal body function. Body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of metabolism all depend on hydration. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water.
Hydration Supports Your Kidneys
The kidneys purify the body, cleansing blood of urea and excess sodium. Kidneys produce hormones that regulate red cell production and blood pressure. Additionally, they activate vitamin D, essential for bones.
Dehydration leads to increased production of urine with a higher concentration of waste and minerals. The process leads to the formation of crystals, which result in kidney stones and kidney-related diseases.
Dehydration Clogs Cognition
In severe moments, dehydration leads to erratic behavior, severe anxiety, a confused state, and inability to stay awake. In some cases, severe dehydration may even result in an inability to perform basic motor functions and/or a loss of consciousness.
Water Aids Athleticism
Athletes need water since they lose so much fluid through sweating. Water is essential in maintaining a level of athleticism. A 2% decrease in body water leads to poorer performance.
“Like a car engine that seized up without enough oil, Dellavedova’s body cramped up that night and sort of shut down without proper hydration.”
Cleveland Cavalier, Matthew Dellavedova, is known for his hustle. Despite an athletic build and NBA status, he needs to stay hydrated just like us. After a turnout of extreme hustle, his body started to shut down and he was brought to the hospital.
“I’m still a little bit fatigued. My body’s a little tired. I’m just trying to bounce back. Everything just doesn’t feel as crisp right now.”
Pro pitcher Garrett Richards missed a start and felt out of sorts after a bout of dehydration.
Proper Indication of Hydration
It’s easy to keep tabs on staying hydrated. Normally, people should drink enough to visit the lavatory every two to four hours. Urine should be light in color, and if too dark, you’re not drinking enough.
Daily activity, especially exercise, stymies the thirst mechanism. Basically, if you’re thirsty, you’re already on your way to dehydration. Ironically, those engaged in sports may not feel thirsty despite being especially prone to dehydration.
It’s good practice to weigh yourself before and after exercise. Each pound sweated away equates to a pint of water needed for replenishment.
At times, thirst is disguised as hunger. If you’ve eaten in the last couple of hours yet feeling hungry, you’re probably just thirsty. Rather than eat, take a drink and see if your hunger is gone.
Hydrate wisely. All drinks are not equal. Sports drinks often contain high counts of sugar. Moreover, pay attention to the labels of ‘sports’ and ‘energy’ drinks. While the former group contains a lot of sugar, the latter can be high in stimulants and caffeine.
Drink plenty of water after you wake in the morning. Sleeping in a hot or dry room can make a person increasingly dehydrated, so it’s suggested to drink 16 ounces of water after a night’s sleep.