Nowadays, most of us are interested in a healthier lifestyle, especially because of the social media influence. Diets, nutrition tips or home workouts are everywhere and staying healthy seems to be one of the most popular topics. We want to look good and feel good. But even if we start exercising, choosing the right foods or the products which might help us look in good shape, we still forget about the simplest and yet healthiest habit of all: hydration. 💧
Staying hydrated is essential because we are made up of 60-65% water and every body function needs it to work properly. However, a good hydration is not only about drinking water when you’re thristy, it implies many habits which can be easily integrated in every lifestyle and to change it more than you can ever imagine. The benefits are amazing: from better mood, to fewer headaches, brighter skin, better digestion and a stronger immunity. If you want to join hydration as a lifestyle, this is what you have to do.
Hydration is a lifestyle – drinking water
The simplest rule tells us that everyone should drink at least 8 glasses of water or 2l a day. But this is just a myth and it represents just a simple way to calculate and to measure the water daily intake. It’s not wrong, but it isn’t really true and enough. In fact, the water quantity we need is different for everyone. Men are 60%, while women are just 55%, so men should drink more water than women. On the other hand, new borns have a water content of 75% and as we get older our bodies reach to only a 50% water content. This is a reason of the wrinkled skin look. So along sex, age is another factor which affects the water need. The food diet influences our lifestyle and even the hydration level. Vegans and raw vegans who consume a lot of fresh fruits and veggies especially in a raw form, will take some of the water intake from food. But if we eat lots of sweets, salt or fast food we will get the opposite: not only do we not hydrate, on contrary we dehydrate even more so we will have to supplement the water intake. In addition, a high protein diet requires drinking more water.
Even the activity level affects our hydration level because the muscles need water to work properly. Moreover physical exercises make us sweat more which means we lose water so we have to replace it by drinking more. Finally, the environment we live in could affect our water needs. People living at high altitudes are more likely to become dehydrated than the other and extreme temperatures, both high or low, require a higher liquid consumption.
After we calculate the water quantity we need every day, the correct way of drinking it is by sipping during the whole day and not just when we feel thristy and remember it. The most important moment during the day is in the morning, right after we wake up, after a long period of 7-8 hours in which we didn’t drink anything.
Hydration is a lifestyle – eating water
What we eat, affects the hydration level. Almost 20% of the daily water intake could come from food, if we choose the right one. Fresh fruits, veggies, dairy products, eggs, vegan milk, soups, sauces or smoothies are some examples of alternatives to water. They can also work as a good tip for those who can’t drink enough water. But remember that nothing can replace water and even if we choose high in water foods, we can only take at most 30-40% of the water daily need from food. The fact that we eat soups won’t replace the necessity of drinking water.
Hydration is a lifestyle – avoiding dehydration
The third step to a healthier lifestyle is to avoid dehydration or to learn which are the situations which dehydrate you to add more water in order to stay hydrated. To do this, the most important thing is information. A very simple way to understand the science of hydration is to keep a balance between the water intake (liquids and food) and the water we lose, throughtout urine, feces, sweat, tears, mentruation, breastfeeding, fever or vomiting. So anything which makes us to lose water, it dehydrates us. Moreover there are foods with a diuretic effect. These foods create a higher activity in our bodies and make us urinate more often which of course can lead to dehydration. The most powerfull is alcohol, followed by coffeine, but there are even healthy foods with this effect like parsley, asparagus, ginger, black tea, onion or garlic. Salt and salty foods also affect our hydration level (soya sauce, canned foods, fast food) and the sugar completes the list of hydration enemies. This is why drinking sugar added juice doesn’t quench our thirst and on the contrary, it increases it.
So hydration is a lifestyle which means we have to know our own water need according to our condition and the inner and outer factors which might affect it. Then, we have to sip water continously during the whole day and to avoid foods and situations which can lead to dehydration. Eating rich in water foods is also important and the final thing is to learn what dehydrates us and how to avoid this. With a little change in your daily habits you can achieve amazing benefits. Do you need help? Download Hi!dration – Say Hi! to a healthier lifestyle – a guide which help you to stay hydrated every day and to improve your life with some little changes. Good luck! 💧