The Importance of Hydration

The Importance of Hydration
Diana L

Whether it is warm or cold outside, it is important we remember to stay hydrated. Did you know you drinking tea can help with hydration? Enjoy this article from our guest author on the importance of hydration.

Nearly two-thirds of the human body is water, and water is essential to proper bodily function. It helps transport nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells. It’s necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions, as well as for assimilating water-soluble vitamins. Water also helps maintain proper body temperature.

And believe it or not, it even helps with fat loss. Think about it: If you’re dehydrated your body won’t function properly, and even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism by impairing your cells’ ability to metabolize glucose. This means the blood sugar delivered to cells that are supposed to be used as energy won’t get used, and guess what happens next? It gets stored as fat.

Water also transports nutrients to and from cells, delivering blood sugar and vitamins when they’re needed for energy and cell repair, and shuttling away metabolic wastes to keep cells healthy and toxin-free. Clearly, it’s in your best interest to drink plenty of water throughout the day, every day before you show the signs of dehydration.

What are the Symptoms of Dehydration?

If you experience these symptoms, it most likely means you starting to show signs of dehydration:

    • Reduced urination
    • Overly dry skin
    • Dizziness
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Rapid breathing
    • Sunken eyes
    • Lack of energy, sleepiness, confusion, or irritability
    • Fainting

How to Stay Hydrated

Some people are confused about how much water to drink, especially when they first start a diet or training program. A typical person loses about two quarts of water daily just from breathing, urinating, and sweating; add to that perspiration from the intense exercise you’ll get in the Oxygen 90-Day Challenge and you’ll be in need of some serious H20 intake.

The standard recommendation is to drink at least a half-gallon to one gallon a day of straight-up water. Around workouts, have one to two glasses beforehand, sip water frequently throughout your session and have at least one to two glasses afterward. Sports drinks can be a good substitute as they can also provide much-needed electrolytes, but make sure the sport drink you choose isn't loaded with sugar.

Is Tea Dehydrating?

Besides drinking plain water, decaffeinated teas and coffees also count as fluid intake as long as they don't have added sugar or cream. But watch out for caffeinated products since caffeine can dehydrate your cells. If you need the energy boost that caffeine provides, drink water (and plenty of it) afterward to counteract the effects.

Caffeine content is what adds the diuretic effect causing more frequent urination. However, most teas are very low in caffeine, so consuming normal amounts of tea – under 4–8 cups at once (which is a lot of tea at one sitting) – is unlikely to cause any dehydrating effects.

Aside from beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables contain lots of water. Celery, leafy greens, mushrooms, squash, watermelon — all are great sources of water as well as fiber — give you a double dose of fat fighting!

10 Functions of Water in the Body

    • Improves endocrine and liver function
    • Cushions bones, organs, and joints
    • Regulates body temperature
    • Decreases appetite
    • Flushes cells of toxins and wastes
    • Metabolizes food
    • Transports nutrients
    • Decreases bloating
    • Helps you feel full
    • May help reduce the risk of kidney stones

    Hungry or Thirsty?

    Did you know that thirst is often confused with hunger? Next time you feel like you’re starving, have a few glasses of water and wait 20 minutes. If the hunger goes away, you’ll know you were simply thirsty. If you’re still hungry, opt for a healthy snack that’s rich in nutrients.

    Hydrate with Tea?

    Did you know you can hydrate with liquids other than water? Many people used to believe that tea was dehydrating, but that myth has been debunked. The diuretic effect of tea does not offset the hydration benefit.

    Staying hydrated doesn't have to be boring! Loose leaf tea adds flavor while still providing the hydration your body craves. Have fun with hydration and try a new blend!

    A Few Fun Facts About Water

    • Water is the most common substance on earth.
    • Pure water has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
    • Your brain is 70 percent water.
    • By the time you feel thirsty, you’ve lost 1 percent of your total water.
    • 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.
    • It takes 20 gallons of water to create one pint of beer.
    • A jellyfish is 95 percent water; so is a cucumber.
    • A person can live only one week without water but can live a month without food.
    Written by The Oxygen Team for Oxygen Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.
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