We’re often told to drink more and stay hydrated throughout the day, but how important is it really? Nutrition and Hydration Week (11th – 17th March) is a good time to learn about the benefits of staying hydrated. Being hydrated helps your body and mind work to the best of their ability, and when you’re dehydrated, it will soon show. How important is hydration to your overall health? Perhaps it’s time you found out.
Are you getting enough water?
While you might think you drink enough water, it might surprise you how little you actually consume. Around 89% of the population don’t drink enough water, with 20% of men and 13% of women drinking no water whatsoever during the day. According to the statistics, poor hydration is more common in those aged over 55, with 25% admitting to not drinking water during the day, compared to just 7% of 25-34 year olds.
The recommended amount of water for the average person is around 6 to 8 glasses per day. This helps ensure the body can maintain adequate water levels to keep it healthy and functioning.
How important is hydration to your overall health?
How important is hydration to your health? It’s a good idea to look at the effects of dehydration to help you see why it’s important. Dehydration can have severe health consequences, including low blood pressure, fainting, muscle contraction, heart failure and more. A lack of adequate hydration will also have an effect on your skin, causing it to look and feel dry and tight, highlighting the signs of ageing.
Benefits of staying hydrated
There are many benefits of staying hydrated. Being hydrated will help your skin to retain its elasticity, help wounds to recover as well as improve your body’s vital functions. Your digestive system is reliant on staying hydrated to function properly, helping your body to process and absorb the necessary nutrients from what you eat.
When you fail to drink enough water, your concentration can falter, making it difficult to focus on daily tasks. Your vision may also become blurry and you might develop a headache. Staying hydrated can help you maintain peak performance and prevent a number of health complications as you get older.
How to stay hydrated
Some of the ways you can drink more water to stay hydrated include:
- Keep a bottle of water beside you and sip regularly throughout the day. There are reusable water bottles available that keep your drink cold for several hours, allowing you to enjoy fresh water without having to resort to buying plastic bottles.
- Avoid sugary drinks as they might not provide you with the hydration you need. You should also limit how much alcohol you drink, and remember to drink water in addition to alcohol.
- Drink plenty of water while exercising, as you’ll be losing more fluids than you would normally.
- If it’s a hot day, add more water to your daily intake and drink when you need it.
- If you don’t like the taste of water on its own, consider adding a dash of sugar-free squash or infusing it with fruit.
Your hydration is vital, and Nutrition and Hydration Week is a good time to remind yourself and others how important hydration is to your overall health. Our website is a fantastic source of health-related information and resources. For the latest health news and insights, visit our blog.