The Importance Of Staying Hydrated

While there may be some debate as to how much water the average person should be drinking in a day, the importance of the fluid is concrete. The human body needs to stay hydrated. Are you drinking enough? Is your family? And are you all drinking the right stuff? Staying hydrated has many benefits, and we'll explore them now.

First of all, the best fluid to drink is water. While some juices or teas aren't necessarily unhealthy, water can't be beaten. But tea and juices are better usually than soft drinks or alcohol, which should really be occasional beverages. If you or your kids don't love water because of the taste, consider mixing it with all natural sugar-free juice or adding some flavoring to it. Through sweating, urinating, and breathing, your body loses around 2.5 liters of water a day, so it's important to replenish that as best you can.

Water helps your body in so many ways. Your heart, your blood, your kidneys, your muscles, and your joints, and more all benefit from water. The fluid keeps your body clean, flushing out any bacteria, regulating your pH balance, and allowing your body to function normally. Additionally, it energizes us and can help improve our moods, so it's suggested to drink first thing in the morning. Water also helps regulate body temperature, hence why athletes drink it, but we'll get into that more in a moment.

And of course drinking water helps with your physical appearance, too. Water improves skin elasticity and suppleness and the overall smoothness. It's often an easy first step recommended to people wanting to reduce their acne. Another way water improves your outer self is because it fills you up so you don't eat as much, aiding in diet and weight control. 

As mentioned, your body loses water when you sweat, so it's vital that athletes and people who are active stay hydrated when they work out. You need the water for circulation, cooling down your body, and energy. That being said, if you watch sports on TV, you may notice a lot of athletes drinking energy sports drinks like Gatorade instead of water. While Gatorade does contain a lot of sugar, making it a less healthy in that way, sports drinks do contain carbohydrates and electrolytes. Your body naturally produces electrolytes like potassium and sodium but they're released in sweat, so these sports drinks replenish those directly. It's up to you whether you feel you need sports drinks because water does do the job too. 

Drinking water regularly does take commitment and work, especially if you don't do it often. Set reminders and do your best to always have a reusable water bottle with you so you get into the habit of taking sips even when you're not thirsty. Water is so healthy and can really make your life better, as it can affect so much in your body. Definitely do try to up your water intake, and you'll surely feel and see the difference.