Hydration is so important when it comes to health and nutrition because the body is made up of mostly water. The balance between water and electrolytes in the body determines how all body systems function. Drinking water helps control your body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolism.
Without water, dehydration sets in and the body can start to shut down. Dehydration symptoms include faintness, weak pulse, anxiety, and dizziness. Don’t wait until you have a headache; many signs of dehydration come late, so make sure to stay hydrated at all times. Dehydration also can lead to feelings of fatigue, lowered metabolism, and decreased ability to exercise efficiently.
Water is your friend in weight loss as well. Many times, feelings of thirst can be confused with hunger. This is due to the physical feeling that eating can soothe thirst. These dynamics can lead to false hunger sensations, overeating, and weight gain. Dehydration can also increase the storage of toxins, which promote weight gain. Drinking water frequently suppresses appetite and aids in digestion, helping you maintain a healthy weight.
The amount of water you need each day depends on each individual. A rough guide to go by is to drink half of your weight in ounces. For example, if a man weighs 150 pounds, he should be consuming half of his weight in ounces, so 75 ounces of water a day. If you exercise frequently, your needs are higher since you are losing more water from increased perspiration.
Starting each day with a glass of water begins the day with hydration. Always keep a water bottle on hand, and add some fresh cut fruit for an extra flavorful burst. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables, which have minerals that aid in absorption. If you can’t seem to give up those salty cravings, cooking with a high quality sea salt can help in cell health and hydration. Not only is sea salt lower in sodium than table salt, but it is also rich in trace minerals.
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