As the heat intensifies, drinking water is viable to maintain your overall health. We can live many days without food but only a few without water. This does not include drinking something that contains water. Such drinks do not fulfill your daily water requirements of adequate water intake. Water is the only beverage that truly quenches thirst and rehydrates the body.
Herbal teas are much better choices than caffeinated beverages, but water alone is best overall. Caffeinated beverages cause water loss because caffeine acts as a diuretic in the body. It also aggravates the symptoms of dehydration, and robs the bones of calcium. Caffeinated beverages also contain sodium and sugar, which spike blood sugar and high blood pressure.
The body is approximately 70% water and blood made up of 90% water.
Replenishing the body with adequate amounts of water increases endurance and energy, aids in digestion needed for elimination, regulates temperature, lubricates joints needed for muscle movement. Not to mention hydrates skin and clears your complexion, prevents kidney stones, reduces fatigue, and flushes toxins.
Water carries nutrients, oxygen, and antibodies to cells and removes waste products as well. When blood is hydrated it flows smoothly to help carry the nutrients to the cells components, promoting good circulation. When oxygen is available in blood it can maintain its pH balance. When wastes are eliminated regularly toxins are not stored in fatty deposits or joints.
Health professions suggest drinking half your body weight within 24 hrs. Water is lost throughout the day so replenishing it throughout the day is the key to staying hydrated. So, it is not suggested to drink water in large quantities at one time.
Dehydration is a signal that you’re not getting enough water. Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that you’re dehydrated. So like mentioned above it is best to drink no more than 4 oz at a time several times a day. Other than thirst some symptoms of dehydration are: pain in joint/muscles, lower back pain, headaches, constipation, urine with strong odor and dark colored. If taking B vitamin supplements such as B Complex Vitamins, do not be alarmed if your urine is a bright yellow because the vitamin B known as riboflavin is known to change the color of urine.
Tip: Tap water can be contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs/chemicals like: arsenic, asbestoses, fluorine, and phosphates.
Tip: Keeping a reusable water bottle with you can help to meet your personal daily requirements of water intake.
Tip: Drinking more water during warm weather can lessen the amount of perspiration.