How to Drink Water for Best Results
Getting water in your body is more than just simply drinking it. You probably heard many times you should drink enough water daily. We are bombarded by these statements everywhere, yet, many people still don’t do it, or don’t drink water properly.
How you drink water is even more important than the fact that you should drink plenty of water daily!
Did you know that your body can be dehydrated even though you drink enough water?
We are roughly 60% water and it is extremely important for our health to make sure it is absorbed properly in our body.
Now let’s answer to some interesting questions that will help you get the best possible health benefits of drinking enough water daily!
What are the Benefits of Drinking Enough Water Properly?
Without water there is no life. Our body needs water to maintain important functions. It regulates temperature and transports nutrients and other molecules across cells, organs and tissues.
Water is essential for cells to function properly. It keeps us alive through chemical and metabolic reactions. Body also uses water to remove waste and toxins.
Proper hydration helps maximize physical performance (1).
Carbonated water shows promising results for constipation relief (4).
Drinking enough water reduces the risk of kidney stone formation (5).
How do You Know if You Need More Water?
Losing only as little as 2% of your body’s water content can show dehydration symptoms. During high intensity workout routines you can lose up to 6-10% of water via sweat and breathing.
Take all dehydration symptoms very seriously and don’t hesitate to drink water as soon as you notice any of these signs:
- feeling thirsty (most obvious)
- very dry skin, lips, eyes and hair
- morning urine color is dark yellow instead of light yellow
- not peeing regularly throughout the day (less than 4 times daily) and having very dark yellow urine color
- constipation problems
- sunken eyes
- feeling dizzy and lightheaded
- low energy levels, sleepiness, confusion, irritability and bad mood (7)
- rapid heartbeat and breathing when not physically active
- not enough saliva (dry mouth) and bad breath
- muscle cramps
- both fever and chills can be a sign of severe dehydration
- food cravings, especially sugar and sweets
Dehydration can happen faster and more easily if you have:
- increased physical activity and sweating
- been in the sun for too long
- drunk too much alcohol
- vomiting or diarrhoea
- high body temperature
- drinking energy drinks, coffee and tea
- taking diuretics (medicines that make you pee more)
- exposure to hot and dry air
- ironically high humidity in air also leads to dehydration because your body can’t cool down and increases sweating