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HYDRATE WITH WATER : THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

As temperatures hit records highs this summer, hydration becomes about more than just quenching your thirst. Did you know the body is made up of nearly 60% water? Water is the nutrient responsible for protecting our tissue, spinal cord and joints by regulating their temperatures and keeping them well lubricated. It flushes toxins and wastes and aids the digestive process which keeps our immune system healthy therefore making it very important we re-hydrate by drinking water, fluids and foods that contain water. The body naturally loses fluids when engaging in day to day activities such as exercising or by simply using the restroom. Protect the body and its functions by staying hydrated. Something to think about this summer when you’re working in the yard and spending more time in the sun.

Hydration for the elderly
While it is important for everyone to stay hydrated, it becomes significantly more important as we get older. The amount of water in the body decreases by 15% (about 6 L) from ages of 20 to 80 and becomes more vulnerable to dehydration from the loss of even a very small amount of body water. Moreover, the elderly often experience reduced thirst sensations leading to reduced water consumption. Hydration in the elderly is a subject to pay close attention to because the consequences of de-hydration can be very serious.

How do I know if I’m getting enough water?
There is no absolute answer to this question because the amount of water you need depends on various factors including climate, stress, level of physical activity, and whether or not you are currently experiencing any illnesses or ailments.

However if you are not drinking enough water, your body may not be hydrated enough to combat fatigue, and cause sleepiness or headaches. Mild to moderate symptoms of dehydration include slowed metabolism and digestive problems. Another way to gauge if you are getting enough water is to check your urine output. Is there a decreased volume? Is it more yellowish than normal? If so, grab a bottle of room temperature water (add some lemon to it) and start drinking up. This is a sign of moderate dehydration.

A good rule of thumb is 8-10 cups a day. If you are a highly active individual you may need to increase your water intake after workouts or sessions of high activity. If you are a person who perspires excessively, it is also recommended you increase your water intake. If it is difficult for you to drink 8-10 cups of water, make sure to eat more fruits and veggies. They are packed with water nutrients. Not only will you hydrate but the body will receive additional minerals, vitamins and antioxidants in one sitting. Broths, tea and soups are also great options for hydration.

5 Reasons to Hydrate with Water

Digestion. Water plays an essential role in the digestive process. It keeps things moving along and prevents constipation. To avoid diluting essential stomach enzymes the body needs for proper digestion, try drinking water outside of main meals.

Weight loss. While no study suggests drinking water is a weight loss plan, it does serve to curb appetites and cravings, lowering calorie intakes. It also boosts metabolism by a process called thermogenesis and cleans the body of wastes which can aid in weight loss. Being hungry can sometimes be mistaken for simply being thirsty, so stay hydrated!

Kidney + liver health. Kidney stones and UTIs are common medical conditions that affect kidney health. By staying hydrated, you keep the kidney, liver and digestive system healthy enough to flush out not only infection causing toxins and bacterias, but all by-products of metabolic process the body no longer needs.

Headaches. Fatigue is a side effect of dehydration; and the cause of headaches and migraines. If you suffer from headaches — you may be dehydrated. Our professional opinion : drink lots of water.

Fitness. Water plays an important role in fitness. Stay hydrated before exercising because it helps increase muscle mass and mind-body connection. Make sure to prevent post workout dehydration by drinking enough plain ole’ H2O, coconut water or eating fruits.

Look for our next post, “Fun Waters” where we learn a few fun ways to stay hydrated with fresh summer themed infused waters.


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