How To Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is vital to good health. It helps your body remove waste and maintain a normal temperature, and it keeps your joints and eyes lubricated. Hydration also plays a role in brain function.
Not drinking enough water can cause dehydration, which can lead to several health issues — including constipation, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and heat stress — depending on how long you go without drinking enough water.
The amount of water your body needs varies based on several factors, such as size, physical activity level, the climate where you live, and your overall health status. In general, the average person needs eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (about 2 liters).
If you don’t drink enough water, you may become dehydrated. This means your body doesn’t have enough fluid to operate properly; the color of your urine can indicate whether or not you’re dehydrated. If it’s clear or light yellow, you’re well-hydrated; if it’s dark yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.
Other signs and symptoms of dehydration include:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Infrequent urination
- Dry skin
Here are the best ways to rehydrate quickly.
Unlike many other beverages, water contains no added sugars or calories, making it ideal to drink throughout the day or specifically when you need to rehydrate, such as after a workout. You might be a “salty sweater” if you get frequent muscle cramps with exercise or if your sweat stings your eyes. If either of these applies to you, make sure to replace not just the fluid you lose through sweat but also the sodium, particularly after intense or long bouts of exercise in hot environments. That said, unless you’re participating in a long, intense activity like an ultra-endurance event in a hot environment, the sodium you lose through sweat can easily be replaced through a balanced diet.
If you’re looking for a way to stay properly hydrated after exercise, try milk. Not only does milk contain high concentrations of electrolytes, which help balance the amount of water in your body, it also provides protein and other nutrients. Just keep in mind that consuming milk after exercise may cause stomach discomfort like bloating. Plus, it’s not an appropriate option for people who are intolerant to lactose or certain milk proteins.
- Fruits and Vegetable
Fruits and vegetables with the highest water content include:
Due to their high water content, both fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables make a perfect hydrating snack.
- Oral Rehydration Solution
Oral hydration solutions are specialized formulas used to prevent and treat dehydration caused by diarrhea or vomiting. They have also been promoted to bolster exercise recovery and prevent or treat hangovers. These solutions are water-based and commonly contain electrolytes like sodium, chloride, and potassium, as well as sugar, typically in the form of dextrose. Some commercial solutions also contain other ingredients like pre-biotics and zinc.How
In conclusion, dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluids than it takes in, and drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and rehydrate.