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The Importance of keeping your body hydrated

Friday 1 December 2017

Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.

How much water do you need?

A person who perspires heavily will need to drink more than someone who doesn’t. Certain medical conditions, such as Diabetes or heart disease, may also mean you need to drink more water. People with cystic fibrosis have high concentrations of sodium in their sweat and also need to use caution to avoid dehydration. And some medications can act as diuretics, causing the body to lose more fluid.

Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink. “If you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated,”

The easiest thing to do is pay attention to the colour of your urine. Pale and clear means you’re well hydrated. If it’s dark, drink more fluids.

Not sweating during vigorous physical activity can be a red flag that you’re dehydrated to the point of developing

Here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day.
  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed.

Recognizing signs of dehydration is important. They include:

Little or no urine.

Urine that is darker than usual.

Dry mouth.

Sleepiness or fatigue.

Extreme thirst.

Dizziness or light-headedness.

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

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