The Importance of Staying Hydrated
Dehydration is a common problem and many sufferers do not even realize that they are lacking fluid. Lack of hydration affects brain function and concentration, increases the effects of aging and is as essential as getting a good night’s sleep. However, many people are too busy during the day to provide themselves with regular drinks, particularly if bathroom breaks cause a further interruption.
Symptoms of mild dehydration are feeling fatigued, lacking concentration or focus, headaches, sleepiness and urine may be dark in color. These symptoms of dehydration may occur before the sufferer even begins to feel thirsty.
Even in cool climates the body constantly loses fluid through breathing, perspiration and going to the bathroom. Those in hot climates, exercising or doing manual work will lose even more water though perspiration. It is vital that the fluid is replaced regularly throughout the day.
Water is known as the elixir of life and in terms of anti-aging, dehydration is a major cause of aging skin. The benefits of drinking water cannot be overemphasized. The best weapon for anti-aging skin is drinking plenty of water, either bottled or tap water, as it keeps the cells plump. Another of the health benefits water bestows is that it helps avoid having lifeless looking skin as toxins are flushed through the body.
It is wise to consider how much you drink each day, and when. If necessary make changes to your daily routine to ensure you always have access to a drink when you need one. Plan to have a drink every hour and always have a bottle of water with you in the car and at your desk. Flavored drinks help make drinking the required 1.5 to 2 liters per day (3-4 pints) more palatable, but make sure some drinks are low calorie or zero calorie such as water.
When exercising, make sure you have extra fluid intake before, during and after exercise to compensate for what is lost. When undertaking endurance or high-intensity sports, essential salts and minerals are also lost in perspiration. A sports drink is a good way to replenish lost fluid and electrolytes and helps avoid cramps and headaches.
When traveling by airplane even more fluid is required to stay hydrated as the high altitude has lower humidity which increases the amount of water lost through the skin and decreases the sensation of thirst. Fruit and vegetables have a high water content and can also help meet individual hydration needs.
Make sure you are working at your optimum each day by recognizing the importance of staying hydrated.
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