We hear it all the time, but still most us fail to realize how important it is to keep your body hydrated. Almost 70% of our body weight is water and over 80% of our blood is water. With so much of water in our body, it is the most essential element to keep our body working at its optimum level and our skin glowing. A drop in the level of water in our body can create a serious health hazard and dehydration can even cause death. Now, you need water to look beautiful too, to say the least.
All your vital organs need water to function properly. The blood, that carries the wastes and nutrients for your body, is the first to lose water; this happens when you lose about 1% of your body weight in water. Beyond this, the cells in your body start to lose water and cause serious damage to your body system. Your vital organs begin to fail, your heart has to work harder, and your brain starts to shut down. You are on the brink of disaster and death.
Water also regulates the temperature of your body; when you are dehydrated, your body temperature begins to rise and you can suffer from heat-stroke a potentially deadly condition. How much water you lose and how quickly you become dehydrated depends upon a lot of factors, the most important being the heat, amount of exercise and the clothing you are wearing.
You can know how hydrated you are if you pay attention to your body functions. The first indicator of dehydration is of course thirst. If you are feeling thirsty, your body is demanding water. You should be urinating at least 2 – 4 times a day in good quantity; the color of urine should be clear and pale yellow. If your urine is dark and smelly, you are dehydrated and need to rehydrate yourself. If you have a headache, feel nauseous or fatigued, have chills, and feel lightheaded, you are severely dehydrated and need medical attention.
Now the question arises how much water should one drink to ensure that the body doesn’t get dehydrated? Well that depends upon how much water you are losing. If you are exercising and working out, perspiring a lot, you need to drink a lot more fluids to keep yourself hydrated, than if you were sedentary in a cool environment.
Most doctors recommend that you drink about 3-4 liters of water a day. This can be in form of other liquids like, soda, tea, coffee, milk etc, but water is best. So go grab that glass and drink some water – it costs very little and can save your life and looks too.