Oftentimes, people mistake warmer weather with having to hydrate more. This isn't always the case- Staying hydrated during the cold of winter is just as important as being hydrated when temperatures escalate!
As our bodies work, via regular bodily functions such as breathing, urinating and sweating, we lose water and dehydration can be serious! You may experience lightheadedness, feel faint and develop muscle cramping. In cases of severe dehydration your body can no loner reabsorb fluid from your blood and tissues Consequently, you may not have enough fluid in your body to get blood to your organs- shock may then occur which can be life-threatening!
So how much water or liquids should you consume each day? Professionals recommend that you should consume between 6-8, eight ounce glasses of water per day, on average. However, new research suggests that you should aim to consume between a half and an ounce of water for every pound you weigh, everyday. In addition, if you're exercising regularly, it's suggested that adding an additional 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes, you're exercising is appropriate.
How do you determine if you're properly hydrated? As it specifically pertains to hydration and no underlying medical condition-one way in which you can determine if you're properly hydrated is to simply, check your urine! If it's dark yellow and a weak stream is produced, chances are you need water! If on the other hand, your urine is light or clear and you produce a strong stream, you're most likely properly, hydrated.
Drinking water helps in maintaining the proper functioning of digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva-production, nutrient transportation and body temperature-regulation. In addition, drinking water aids in weight loss by suppressing your appetite (hunger is often mistaken for thirst.) It also decreases water retention in your body, allowing you to drop those extra pounds of water weight.
However, drinking too much water can be very dangerous! It can offset the acid/ph, levels in your body. In addition, too much water consumption can lead to hyponatremia, a condition that occurs when the levels of sodium in your blood is abnormally low. As a result, your cells can become over hydrated and swell. When this occurs in the brain, cerebral edema can take place, thus causing brain damage.
In conclusion, stay properly hydrated and not overly hydrated and please note, that- this and all of my blogs are simply recommendations and are used for informational purposes, only. It is always advised that you seek the advice of a trained medical professional, prior to engaging in any form of exercise and/or consumption of any food or beverage.