Your body is composed of 60% water. Your body is utilizing that 60% through regular daily activity – through skin evaporation, regulating body temperature, bowel movements, salivation and digestion. It is essential that you replace these fluids daily.
Benefits You Can See
Your skin contains plenty of water. It acts a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin appear dry and more wrinkled. By using lotion on your skin everyday, you can create a physical barrier that locks in moisture.
The color of your urine is a simple way to check your hydration level. The lighter the color, the better your hydration is.
Benefits You Can Feel
Water helps maintain normal bowel function by keeping things flowing through your gastrointestinal tract, preventing constipation.
Dehydration or water retention can be seen, and felt, by the jewelry and clothing we wear. When your skin is dehydrated, you will have deeper skin indentations on your fingers from rings, and around your ankle from socks.
Foods higher in fiber and water content will make you feel fuller quicker and longer. A higher water content not only makes the foods appear larger, but are also absorbed slower by the body. Because of this, the feeling of being full or satiated lasts longer.
Water also helps to energize your muscles by providing them with adequate fluids so they don’t fatigue during exercise.
Foods and Beverages You Already Use
Vegetables and fruits contain high amounts of water, giving you another way to get your water fill everyday. Some examples – celery, cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit
Coffee does not cause dehydration but because caffeine increases the urine output, dehydration can occur if you are not drinking enough water along with your coffee.
Sodium is a mineral that we need to take in daily. Our body requires no more than around 1,500 milligrams of sodium everyday. If you track your sodium for one day, you can see how easy it is to consume that amount or more if you aren’t mindful. Read your nutrition and beverage labels where you wouldn’t think sodium would be hiding.