Hydration: A Key to Exceptional Health
This article is about hydration and its role in a healthy living. It also gives guidelines and tips.
Staying hydrated is key to healthy living.
Being properly hydrated will increase metabolism, which is needed in order to burn fat and increase muscle.
If you are plateauing in your gains in the gym or in fat loss goals this lack of proper hydration could be why.
People may be dehydrated and not even know it. Blood tests and a urinalysis can test your hydration levels.
If you are not well hydrated you may pass out, become more prone to injury, have swollen cells (this is because your body is trying to hold onto as much water as it can), increase the likelihood of kidney failure, and a severe case of dehydration can cause a coma or death.
Lack of water can also cause kidney stones.
I know someone who got a kidney stone, which he was told was due to a lack of hydration.
He was in uncomfortable pain for a minimum of 2 days and had to go to the hospital to get surgery done to get it out.
I have seen other people need to drink some grotesque drink in order to force themselves go to the bathroom, so that their body can get rid of the kidney stone.
All of this can be prevented by getting adequate water intake and being hydrated.
The foods you eat also have some water in them, but it won’t be the same as a glass of water.
My recommendation is to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water every day. This comes out to 4 glasses of water a day or 8 cups. If you live in a hot weather climate or high altitudes, then you may want to drink more. The real test of proper hydration is when you go to the bathroom and your urine is clear.
8 cups or 4 glasses may seem like a lot of water, but if you are having a glass of water when you wake up in the morning and a glass of water at every meal, then it will not feel like a lot. Also, just drinking a glass throughout the day while you are on your computer or having a conversation on the phone with someone will make it seem easier than trying to chug a ton of water in one sitting.
Try adding lemon juice into your water for extra flavor. Not only does lemon add extra flavor, but lemon juice creates so much more health benefits and alkalizes the water.
I mix lemon juice with my water and it makes water taste like sweet. If you try drinking pure lemon juice straight it may make you wince from its sour taste, but mixing it with water is a very tasty drink.