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The Importance of Hydration

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Are you aware of the Importance of Staying Hydrated? Getting an adequate amount of water is vital both mentally and physically.

The fact that your body is made up of about two-thirds water may come as no surprise. But it does make you stop and think about the importance of hydration — providing your body the right amount of water each day.

Getting an adequate amount of water is vital for daily life functions. And as you get older, it becomes even more important that you hydrate your body well. There are some obvious reasons why: water transports nutrients, cleans out wastes and toxins, and helps convert food into energy. But there are other reasons related to age. For example, research indicates that 8–10 glasses of water a day can significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. And a mere 2% drop in body water is capable of triggering short-term memory trouble. If you are complaining about back or joint pain, or are worried about memory lapses, being properly hydrated might not be the cure-all but it probably can help.

Dehydration

Since your muscles and your brain are about 75% water, and your blood is about 82% water, keeping your body hydrated helps keep important body functions working properly. And not being hydrated makes it hard for your body’s systems to work efficiently.

Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism. The reason is that dehydration reduces the volume of blood in the body making the cardio-respiratory system work harder to pump blood throughout the body and deliver sufficient oxygen to the working muscles.

Water and Kidney Function

Your kidneys filter and purify your blood.  They regulate your blood pressure, balance electrolytes and other ions in your blood system, and eliminate toxins — and flushing toxins out through your kidneys is an important part of healing.  Kidneys are one of the most hard-working organs in our body.  Since all kidney functions involve filtering blood through tiny tubes, drinking adequate water and keeping your body hydrated makes filtering easier.

This natural purification system regulates correctly only if the volume of water flowing through it is sufficient to carry away the waste.  That’s the reason why dehydration is the greatest threat to the process of blood purification, and the most common source of stress on the kidneys.

How Much Water?

It’s been recommended that each day women should have about 92 ounces and men 124 ounces of water.  This may seem to be considerably more than the 64 ounces (eight cups) that is recommended by the World Health Organization.  Just remember, we get much of the water we need from food (about 20 to 35 percent) and other liquids we drink (about 40 to 45 percent).

It’s difficult to drink too much water.  So make sure you are drinking an adequate amount every day.  To determine if you are properly hydrated, the best test is to observe the colour of your urine.  Vitamins, supplements and some foods you eat may affect the colour of your urine, but if you are hydrated correctly you should normally see your urine as a straw yellow colour.  It’s a quick check and you can easily see how water consumption affects the colour of your urine.

Be Practical

Don’t rely on your thirst — always try to drink more fluids than you need.  And remember to consume more water if you’ve been exercising or have been out in the heat.  Keep in mind that you lose water when you breathe, sweat and go to the bathroom.  So drink small quantities at frequent intervals throughout the day to help optimize hydration.

You get much of your hydration from other liquids, and without entering the soda pop, sports drink or coffee debate, just remember: in general water is better — and it’s free.  Experts rank water second only to oxygen as essential for life. Are you taking your hydration that seriously?  You should.

Finally, lack of hydration for your muscles can affect their performance, which affects your performance and wellbeing. Keeping your muscles hydrated will make them more supple, flexible and less tender to the touch. Stretching a dehydrated muscle is like trying to stretch beef jerky!

Help flush out toxins, increase blood circulation and realign your muscle fibres by booking in for your Sports Massage today!


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Lord Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL