5 QUESTIONS ABOUT HYDRATION

5 QUESTIONS ABOUT HYDRATION

Question about needs and importance of proper hydration.

Why is drinking water important?

Water is the essence of life as 60-80% of our body comprises water. Our cells, tissues and major organs all constitute of water. Therefore, it’s essential for us to keep up proper hydration. Water plays a vital role in our functioning and to maintain body functions, lubrication and body temperature. It is the sole constituent which helps in flow and transportation of all essential nutrients and minerals throughout the body and manages their levels. The minerals in water are easily absorbable by the body than those present in food.

How much is consumed in a day is necessary?

Water needs vary accordingly, as per the lifestyle and physical workload of a person. For a person who works in a proper air-conditioning environment, the water requirements are comparatively less than that of a person working in direct sun exposure. For a normal person with all facilities about 2-2.5 liters of water is necessary. Opposite to this, the person who requires heavy physical workouts needs 3 liters or more water as a daily routine. The condition of a person suffering from some disorders may vary accordingly.

What’s the suitable time and frequency for proper hydration?

Don’t wait to feel thirsty to grab your water bottle. Small sips of water after some intervals is more beneficial than gulping a glass or two at the same time. Water intake can vary as per the need of person but some suitable habits are drinking water before sleeping and when you wake up. Taking a glass of water before and after an hour of every meal starting from breakfast till dinner. Whereas, in the case of sportsman or athletes, its advantageous to take small sips after every 20-30 minutes to avoid excessive loss.

Is there any need of extra water during any specific times?

Extra concerns are mandatory in some cases like-
1. Old age people- Changing temperature can affect the old age people to a large extent as they are not too efficient to adjust accordingly. Therefore, the old people require more fluids to adjust to changes and maintain the fluids levels in the body.
2. Infants- They are more likely to have problems like diarrhea, vomiting and hampers their fluid levels in the body easily. Therefore the need of fluid is large in the case of infants and children.
3. People prone to diseases- People who are prone to diseases or have weak immune functioning are at more risk of losing their hydration levels. Especially, people with kidney problems or hyperglycemia are frequent sufferers.
4. Athletes- More physical workout leads to more loss of fluids through sweating. Therefore, a frequent fluid recovery is a must for athletes as they are at higher risk of suffering from dehydration.
5. People working in direct sun exposure- Direct sun exposure can affect your body at a rate faster than the one sitting inside homes or offices. People working in direct sun needs a large water backup to avoid dehydration. Indeed, it’s necessary for such individuals to carry their water bottles along with them wherever they go.

How to maintain a state of hydration?

1. Carry your water bottles with you and take small sips after small intervals.
2. Try drinking water before and after half an hour of every meal.
3. Don’t wait to feel thirsty to reach for your bottles.
4. Avoid skipping meals to maintain hydration.
5. Add vegetables and fruits in your diet which are rich in water content.
6. Juices can serve as a healthy choice for adding it to diet along with water.
7. Eat a well-balanced diet.
8. Prevent excess consumption of caffeine containing drinks.
9. Alcohol consumption is a big no for maintaining hydration.

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