We all know how important water is for our bodies to do pretty much anything. As nutrition goes, you can eat all the right proteins, cut the bad stuff out of your diet and keenly follow all the information about superfoods, but none of these things matter as much as simple hydration. Regularly drinking water allows your body to keep renewing essential tissues, benefits joint mobility, and regulates your body temperature. In short, it’s essential.
Dehydration, then, is something to be avoided like the plague it most certainly is. However, a lot of people aren’t aware of just how easily you can end up with less than the ideal complement of water in the body, and as a result, they put themselves at risk of significant health issues. As we’ll see below, it’s possible to get yourself into a world of hurt without even realizing it – so take all of this into account when it comes to getting, and staying, fit.
By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated
Your body has a range of warning systems to keep you aware of things you need to do. If you experience pain, it’s because you’re suffering damage and need to stop what you’re doing. If you feel hungry, your body is lacking essential nutrients and can’t carry out the processes it needs to without you adding food. But if you’re waiting for a dry mouth and your thirst impulse before you top up on water, you’re waiting too long. A good rule of thumb is to always have a bottle of water or a container that you keep topped up, and take regular sips and gulps to keep everything topped up. If you wait to feel thirsty, you’ve waited too long.
You can lose water just sitting around
Because water is so fundamental to your body’s inner working, you are constantly losing water in one way or another. You may have noticed that you occasionally wake up in the morning with a dry mouth and immediately need to drink some water. This can happen just because you had the air conditioning on overnight and the air-dried out. Investing in proper heating and cooling systems in your home which can be set on a timer so they only run for as long as they need to is a smart move. If you’re experiencing dry mouth at any time, you haven’t got enough water in your body.
Weight loss can cause water loss
If you’re trying to keep fit, then a certain amount of weight loss may be essential, but you need to be careful and consistent in how you lose weight. Crash-dieting for any reason may well get results, but it takes a tremendous toll on your body. More water than you would think is taken from the foods you eat and absorbed via the large intestine. If, in the process of losing weight for an event or any other reason, you start to get headaches, are feeling weak or dizzy, or notice your urine is darker, then you’re dehydrated and need to take on more water immediately. It’s a good idea to add an electrolyte supplement, which will help your body process hydration more efficiently.