People are focusing on their overall health, exercise routines, eating habits, and listening to the needs of their body more important than ever—yet the importance of hydration and drinking plenty of water is often overlooked.
At its core, hydration is the replacement of body fluids lost through sweating, exhaling, and elimination. Hydration is equally important whether you are in the office, sitting on your couch, or working out at the gym. While your body loses more fluids when you are active such as on a walk, hike, or jog, it is also losing fluids when at rest.
Under average circumstances, the body loses and needs to replace approximately 2 to 3 quarts of water each day. All bodily functions, including breathing, cause water loss, which means that water needs to be replaced on a daily basis.
If there isn’t enough liquid in your body, essential internal functions like circulation do not occur properly. The end result is your organs won’t get the nutrients they need and the normal physical processes that regularly occur in your body won’t perform at their prime.
There is a solid reason why your body needs water and plenty of it—many of the most vital organs in the body are largely composed of water. For starters, the entire human body is about 66 percent water.
Considering the numbers above, it is easy to see why water and hydration play such a critical role in your body’s overall health and wellbeing. As a general rule of thumb, experts recommend drinking roughly 11 cups of water per day for the average woman and 16 cups of water per day for men, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
When your body is dehydrated, there are several signs and symptoms to be aware of. However not all of these symptoms are physical in nature, and it is important to remember that certain populations are more prone to dehydration than others, including children, older adults, and people with medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease.
Dehydration can also affect your mood. If you haven’t been drinking enough water, you can feel tired, cranky or irritable. Hydration is also important for thinking clearly. If you’re dehydrated, your productivity may suffer. This should come as no surprise considering the high concentration of water in the brain.
Studies have shown that dehydration impaired cognitive performances affecting short-term memory, attention span, response times, or working memory.
10 Tips for Increasing Your Fluid Intake:
How Nova Vita Can Help:
For the average person, drinking between 11 and 16 cups of water each day isn’t easy. Lifestyles, work environments, and daily demands can easily get in the way. Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is an effective way to ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs to maintain good physical and mental health and allows for the best bioavailability to provide the maximum benefit.
Nova Vita Wellness Centers offers a couple of options geared toward hydration:
To learn more about any of these hydration solutions and other IV therapies offered at Nova Vita Wellness Centers, book an appointment online.
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