We know it, and you know it, too – drinking sufficient amount of pure water every day is important to your health. Unfortunately, a lot of people still make the mistake of replacing water with other types of drinks which often have additional ingredients that are actually harmful to their health.
Children, in particular, prefer drinking sugary drinks like fruit juice and soda instead of pure water. Teens, too, would rather reach for energy and sports drinks whenever they get thirsty. This seemingly simple issue could actually be reducing the quality of life and the well-being of our youth.
YOUR BODY NEEDS WATER
Your body is made up of around 65% water, and it is much needed for many biochemical reactions and physiological processes including metabolism, blood circulation, body temperature regulation, detoxification and waste removal.
When you get the feeling of thirst, your body is telling you that you have lost one to two percent of its total water content. Unfortunately for most, they are already in the early stages of dehydration by the time their thirst mechanism kicks in. This thirst mechanism is underdeveloped in children and the elderly, so they are more prone to dehydration. Hunger may also be a sign that your body needs water, so it is a good idea to drink a glass of water first when you feel hungry.
Severe dehydration can be fatal, but you should know that even mild dehydration can cause you problems like headaches and even impaired cognition. If you play sports, dehydration can also affect your athletic performance. In fact, two percent dehydration in your body can cause about 10% decrease in your performance.
SO…HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU REALLY NEED?
The general guideline is to have at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, but because one’s need for water highly depends on different factors like weather conditions and physical activities, this rule may be inadequate.
It is not possible to determine a single guideline that would be applicable to everyone every day. One of the best ways to check your own hydration status on a daily basis is to look at the colour of your urine. Dark-coloured urine is an indication that your kidneys are keeping fluids to maintain your body’s functions. You have to drink more water if this is the case. Ideally, your urine should be a light-coloured yellow.
WHY YOU SHOULD PREFER PURE WATER OVER OTHER BEVERAGES
Even when you are not sweating, your body still loses water and you should replenish this loss not with sports drinks, fruit juices, sodas, or coffee, but with pure water. Sugary drinks often contain fructose which is a major cause of obesity and metabolic malfunction. Even just a can of pop per day can contribute up to 15 pounds to your weight over a year. Aside from that, it can also increase your risk of diabetes by about 85%. So if you want to stay hydrated and healthy, go for pure water.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Your body always gives you signals not only when you need to replenish your fluids but also when it is not working as it should. Aside from drinking a sufficient amount of pure water daily, you should also know how to take care of your body the natural way. Reach out to us at Sloan Natural Health Center, and we’ll tell you how you can enjoy a healthy mind and body!