The Benefits of Hydration
It goes without saying that your body needs water to survive. When dehydrated, you are essentially being told that you are not taking in enough fluid. It is essential to consume water as every organ and cell requires it to function properly. Among other things, water removes waste and toxins, controls your heart rate and blood pressure, regulates body temperature and lubricates joints.
Needless to say, drinking water during exercise is essential. It is difficult to suggest how much a person needs to drink while exercising because every person’s metabolism is different; however, it is recommended that a person drinks 8 – 10 ounces prior to exercise and continue every 10 to 15 minutes throughout. When exercising in hot and humid weather, you will need additional water to lower your body temperature. It is important to note that even in cold weather, you need water, as your body is covered and sweating while wearing clothing that keeps it insulated. If exercising in high altitudes (over 8,200 feet) your breathing becomes more rapid and urination can increase, so drink up to replace those missing fluids.
The symptoms of dehydration can be extremely dangerous, especially for the young and old. If you notice fatigue, headache, dry mouth, little or no urination, dizziness or excessive thirst, stop and take in plenty of water while resting in a cool place. Don’t ignore these warning signals, as they can be alerting you to an extremely dangerous health emergency.
Water is a health benefit that not only hydrates you, but also improves your skin tone, can reduce your risk of heart attack, energizes, awakens and helps control calorie intake. Keep in mind that water doesn’t have to be a ‘boring’ drink. If you are feeling adventurous and want to add some flavor, throw in some fresh cucumber slices or mint over water and crushed ice. Perhaps add some sliced oranges or some mashed strawberries or raspberries for a refreshing flavoured water.