Hydration, maintaining enough water in your body, is critical to your health. Drinking enough water means consuming up to 3 liters of water each day. Dehydration can cause unclear thinking, skin problems, and in severe cases heat-stroke and death. Remaining hydrated throughout the day helps maintain top efficiency. Flavoring water with herbs or citrus makes drinking the right fluids easier. Phone apps are available to track and remind you to drink enough water. Some foods can contribute to water intake including fruits and vegetables. Consuming enough water will provide you with clear thinking and more energy to get through the day.
- Water is vital for all cell function. It helps your brain to produce hormones and neurotransmitters, supports the lubrication of joints, keeps your skin cool through sweating or respiration.
- Young children, the elderly, and the infirm are at the highest risk, but we can all suffer from a degree of dehydration with categories ranging from mild or moderate to severe.
- Water flushes toxins and other unwanted substances out of the body, meaning that if you are hydrated, there are fewer contaminants in your system.
“Dehydration occurs when there is a net outflow of water: that is, you’re losing more fluid than you’re taking in. The loss could result from excessive sweating during hot weather or exercise, a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, or simply not drinking enough of the right fluids.”