The importance of being hydrated

Nov 5, 2014
You don't need to be an athlete to appreciate the value of staying hydrated .  Emilian Robert Vicol 

IMAGINE the human body as a car. Whether you consider yourself a finely tuned sports car, a powerful 4x4 or a reliable hatchback, in order for all of the parts to function at peak efficiency you will need the proper fluids - the most important of which is water.

Consider these numbers: the average adult is composed of about 65 percent water. Water makes up approximately 85% of the brain. Blood, which carries nutrients to every part of the body and carries away the waste material from it, is composed of about 94% water.

Water is vital to good health since it’s a major component of bodily fluids that include absorption, circulation, digestion, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature.

Our body loses fluids on a continuous basis and most of it is in the form of water - every time we sweat, take a bathroom break and even by just breathing. We need to replenish constantly to maintain good health. When our intake falls short of our output, we can become dehydrated.

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In order to replace the fluids we lose, we consume liquids in the form of water, assorted drinks (not alcohol) and food that also contain nutrients essential to our bodies.

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Why drink water? Here are some very good reasons:

Water can help in weight loss – If you’re trying to lose weight, drinking water or eating water-rich food is a good strategy. Water is the perfect substitute for beverages or food with a high-calorie content.

Water helps keep your muscles healthy – Drinking water helps stave off muscle cramps. If you are going to engage in exercise or strenuous physical activity, make sure you hydrate before, during, and after. Eating potassium-rich bananas also helps!

Water keeps your kidneys functioning properly - The kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding our body of toxins - but only as long as our fluid intake is adequate. A good indicator is urine - when it flows freely, is light in color and free of odor – it means we are getting enough fluids. When our body is not getting enough fluids, the urine takes on a darker color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions and can result in the formation of kidney stones.

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Staying hydrated is essential in maintaining one’s health. Here are some suggestions that might come in handy:

  • Always keep a water bottle handy - at home, in the car and your office.
  • If you are not a fan of water’s neutral taste, you can add a slice of lime or cucumber.
  • Make soups a part of your meals.
  • Certain fruits and vegetables are a rich source of fluids. These include watermelon, cantaloupes, eggplant, spinach and tomatoes.
  • Alternative beverages are coconut juice, iced tea and skim milk.

Water, by itself though, is not enough. You also need to supplement your dietary intake with a source of essential nutrients.

In fact, 70% of Filipino adults don’t get the right amount of vitamins and minerals they need for the day, leaving nutritional gaps.

This is why you have to take a multivitamin packed with the right amount of nutrients to help fill in those gaps. But make sure it’s not just any multivitamin; it has to be complete.

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