The Importance of Hydration

The Importance of Hydration

Staying hydrated is the absolute key when maintaining your health. It may seem obvious, but this truth is worth repeating: hydration is essential for your health. Drinking water and eating foods with electrolytes and high water content aid significantly in hydrating your body. Hydration impacts many different body systems including joint health, digestion, and body temperature.

Joint Health

Being properly hydrated helps manage joint pain and Arthritis flare ups. Our joints are made up of 65-80% water, so consuming the appropriate amount of water allows joints to stay lubricated, and therefore alleviates friction so the body has less pain and a better range of motion. Walking, writing, bending, and lifting are all range-of-motion activities we do regularly, and these motions are impacted by our level of hydration. By continually supplementing our bodies with water and electrolytes, it allows our bodies to function at a better level.

Digestive System

The digestive system also relies on water to keep things moving. When you eat, your body breaks down food into diverse types of fiber, one of them being soluble fiber. How does soluble fiber get broken down? With water! A lack of fluid can cause bowel discomfort from fiber build up and may lead to constipation. Drinking enough water aids in fiber breakdown so our digestive tract can stay regular.

Electrolyte Replenishing Foods

  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Citrus fruit
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage

Body Temperature

Another area that hydration impacts is how the body regulates temperature. When you are dehydrated, your body stores more heat. When the body stores heat it lowers the toler- ance level for hot temperatures, making issues

like heat stroke and heat related fatigue more likely. Proper hydration allows the body to produce healthy amounts of sweat so that if you get overheated, that sweat can evaporate and ultimately cool down your body. If you are sweating more frequently, it’s not a bad thing—just don’t forget to replenish!

Did you know that hydration can also come from eating electrolyte-replenishing fruits and vegetables? Eat foods like watermelon, peaches, and citrus fruit as well as cucumber, tomatoes, and cabbage to get more water in your diet!

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