The Importance of Hydration

Jun 27, 2022

Lakeland Health & Safety

Staying hydrated is important year-round, but especially during the summer months. Your body requires more water this time of year because the temperatures rise, and you might be more active. This means your body can easily overheat and lose more fluids, much faster. While drinking water not only keeps you from being dehydrated and thirsty, staying hydrated has many benefits that you may not be aware of.

A white metal water bottle with a black lid is placed on the ground of a running track, with a pair of wireless headphones beside it.

Each day, try to hit your daily water consumption required before drinking any other fluids. Fluid balance is important, and while most fluids may hydrate you, water does the job best. Staying hydrated can help your productivity; whether that’s at work or at play, or by using your brain or your body, you will perform better if you are properly hydrated.

Staying hydrated ensures that your muscles are fuelled up so they can work harder and recover faster. Drinking fluid also works as a joint greaser; if your body feels stiff, you could benefit from a big glass of water.

Fluids help your brain function. Drinking water will give your brain a boost, erasing your fatigue and fogginess, and avoiding negative mood changes. In addition, staying properly hydrated will boost your overall health.

Drinking water removes toxins from the body; the more you drink, the more often you release the toxic waste from your body. This is how you can avoid constipation, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and many other health issues.

Hydrating your body includes hydrating your largest organ, your skin! Significant water consumption is sure to help you obtain a clear complexion as those toxins are released.

Water consumption is also good for controlling your calorie intake. At times you may think you are hungry, when really your body is craving fluids. In addition, drinking fluids can regulate blood normalcy, and lower your blood pressure.

The benefits of water seem great, but sometimes it’s difficult to consume the proper water intake you need in a day. Here are some tips that may help you to keep hydrated:

  • Carry a water bottle with you and fill it up throughout the day.
  • Save money and reduce calories by choosing water.
  • Make a habit of drinking a glass of water with each meal.
  • Add lemon or lime to your water to add natural flavour.
  • Try drinking with a straw.
  • Drink while you sit at a desk or watch TV, it becomes a mindless task.

To find out exactly how much water you should drink in a day, complete the following equation:

Body weight (in lbs.) / 2 = Amount of Water in Fluid Oz.

Lakeland hopes you keep these hydration tips in mind this summer. Stay safe and stay healthy!