10 keys to Proper Hydration

Proper hydration isn’t a summer specific conversation; it’s a year-round commitment because consuming enough fluids is vital for maintaining every function of our bodies — from our brain to our muscles and organs, including our skin and heart.

In fact, water makes up roughly 65% of our bodyweight. The good news is there are more ways to stay hydrated than drinking the standard recommendation of 3 litres of water a day.

Here, 10 keys to ensure proper hydration:

  1. THIRST ISN’T THE ONLY SIGN OF DEHYDRATION

By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated. Beyond thirst, the color of your urine offers insight into your level of dehydration — the darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. Sticking to a hydration schedule is a good idea for all.

  • HUNGER IS A COMMON SIGN OF DEHYDRATION

If you’re watching your weight, common advice is to drink a glass of water if you’re feeling hungry to see if you were simply dehydrated. Also, the more water you drink, the less room you have for consuming calories. Carry a water bottle with you during the day and keep a glass of water on your nightstand when you sleep so you have easy access to around-the-clock hydration.

  • STAYING HYDRATED IS IMPORTANT ON MANY LEVELS

On top of helping manage your appetite, staying hydrated keeps your body functioning efficiently. By avoiding dehydration, you can keep your energy levels up and regulate your mood. Also, when exercising, water helps keep muscles cool by circulating heat and also through sweat.

  • WATER ISN’T THE ONLY THIRST QUENCHER

Fortunately, there are options beyond water to keep us hydrated. Beyond regular water, you can also naturally infuse water (with fruits) or try coconut water, green tea and even coffee.

  • FOOD CONTAINS WATER, TOO

In fact, 20% of our daily fluid intake comes from food. Think: water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, strawberries and, of course, watermelon. Also, soups and smoothies pack in the fluids.

  • GOOD PERFORMANCE REQUIRES HYDRATION

When hydration levels are low, performance suffers. Just a 2–3% level of dehydration results in reduced endurance and power. The way you hydrate before, during and after a workout can make or break your performance.

  • SOMETIMES WATER ISN’T ENOUGH

Water alone isn’t always sufficient, especially during hectic activity. One needs to replenish your electrolytes to get enough sodium, which is an element of hydration.

  • STAYING HYDRATED AIDS WEIGHT LOSS

A study showed the more water you drink, the fewer calories you consume. Also, drinking water has been shown to boost your metabolism. While water is an obvious choice, green tea, and even coffee are drinks that can help weight-loss efforts.

  • TRY TRACKING YOUR HYDRATION

We know how important hydration is, so how exactly do we go about creating a healthy lifestyle habit? Some suggest tracking your hydration as you do food. Not only does it keep you accountable, it can highlight your patterns and the times you’re typically prone to falling short.

  • RESTRAIN OF DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER

Since most people struggle to drink enough water, the concern around drinking too much water seems unfounded, but it can happen leading to a condition called hyponatremia.

Also you should not be consuming 3 litres of water at once. The primary concern with drinking too much water  and at once revolves around low sodium levels, which is where electrolytes come in to play as this is more common in endurance athletes.

Introduction to Health Dimensions

This is a blog for the average person who wants to know about all the dimensions of HEALTH.

From boot camp to long walks , Masala Bhangra to Zumba, proper hydration body necessities , food journaling and calorie counting, this blog will explore the methods (and madness) of the everyday person trying to get in – and stay in shape and most importantly attaining the epitome of being healthy.

This is not just about reaching a weight goal by a certain deadline – although we can talk about that. This is not just about training for a big-time event like a marathon, but changing just basic few things in your regular lifestyle – to be healthy and fit forever.

This blog is about the daily steps on the road to health and fitness for all of us, whether it began years ago in youth sports – or just in the last five minutes. It’s about going to the gym or going outside, and getting a good workout. It’s about improving water consumption according to the needs of our body, It’s about finding ways to shop, cook and dine in a way that supports a healthier lifestyle.

This blog is not about spending the whole day at Gym and not even enjoy a box of macaroons once in a while. This blog will be coming from a place of years of dedication to health and fitness in totality , it’s my knowledge of what I eat , how do I hydrate myself , and how do I mix up my exercise patterns to attain the maximum level of fitness and energy possible at the age of 50+.

Saying that, this blog isn’t only for 50+ people, it’s about starting to care for yourself as early as you can to reap the maximum benefits. As I always say, it’s never too late to take care of yourself, don’t get down and stay down. Keep fighting.

After years of research about beneficial diets, water consumption habits, best exercises and workout techniques, I wanted to share my love for fitness and good health with a bigger audience.

So, if you’ve ever sought a bike ride to clear your head…

Or thrilled in the delight of finishing your first 5 Km Run

If you’ve ever gone to the gym instead of Krispy Kreme…

Or gone to the gym after your trip to Krispy Kreme…

If you’ve ever been so sore after working your triceps that it hurt to shampoo the next day…

Counted the glasses for water consumption for proper hydration

Or replaced your regular dinner with a bowl of soup or salad.

Then I invite you to come back here and check out the blog, post your comments and suggestions and share your struggles and triumphs. Or, just read about my journey and health beliefs.

Sudesh

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