Water is the most important nutrient we can put into our body, as staying hydrated is vital to so many body functions. Ideally you should drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
Remember, you are not drinking water just to quench your thirst. Being fully hydrated plays a role in crucial body functions, including:
> Regulating our body temperature
> Maintaining a healthy blood level
> Keeping our joints and cartilage lubricated
> Transporting oxygen-rich blood and nutrients
> Converting food and fuel to energy
> Removing waste through body fluids from our liver and kidneys
> Helping us sleep better
> Improving our mood
> Fighting infections
> Improving brain functions
Dehydration – the lack of water in our bodies – also points to critical health problems. When the body is dehydrated, it can present the following symptoms:
> Dry mouth
> Muscle cramps
Internally, when the body does not have enough water, dehydration can cause the function of organs, cells, and tissues to fail. If the body is severely dehydrated, the body can go into shock.
Especially in the heat, dry climates, or with strenuous work or exercise, we should continue to drink lots of water. If we reach the point of feeling thirsty, we are already dehydrated.
Information provided by Kailey Barszcz, Registered Dietitian.