Why is it so important to stay hydrated?
Many are dehydrated and don’t know it. Water is the solvent in which the nutrients and wastes need to travel. This micronutrient is required in abundance for the kidneys to regulate and for the bowel to eliminate.
The body is about 25% solid matter; the other 75% is water. 85% of brain tissue and muscle is water the liver is 82% water and the bones are about 22% water. A mere 5% drop in water levels in the body causes 25 – 30% loss of energy. Mild dehydration can cause the metabolism to slow down by 3%. A 2% drop in fluid levels can cause fuzzy short-term memory. A 15% drop is enough to cause death!
Causes of Dehydration:
How do we lose water?
Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.
You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:
***Ideal amount: your body weight (pounds) divided by 2 = number of ounces per day
One glass = 8 ounces
Example: 150 pounds divided by 2 = 75 ounces,
75 divided 8 = 9 glasses per day.
Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.