Water is life, but why is it so important to stay hydrated all year long?
Our body is made up of 60% water and our cells, tissues, and organs use it to perform regular bodily functions. When you stay hydrated, all parts of your body, including the skin are healthy and happy. But when you’re dehydrated, you’ll notice a decrease in energy levels, which can also lead to sleepiness, fatigue, and affect your ability to think clearly. But when it comes to keeping yourself hydrated, there are a few myths that need to be debunked.
1. You don’t need 8 glasses of water
Yes, the recommendation of drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is only partly correct. This is because the amount of water consumed in a day depends on the person and their circumstances. For example, you may need to consume more than eight glasses to stay hydrated if you’ve worked out or spent a long day in the sun. But for other people, fewer than eight glasses are sufficient for staying hydrated. However, you should aim for at least 5-6 glasses of water a day.
2. Don’t drink an enormous amount of water to stay hydrated
If you’ve ever thought about chugging down a two-litre bottle of water in a short amount of time, you might want to reconsider. It takes about 45 minutes for the body to rehydrate itself, but when you drink excessive amounts of water, you are actually poisoning your body. Water poisoning or over-hydration is the term that defines a decrease of sodium in the blood to dangerously low levels, which can escalate to mild or life-threatening problems. So, it’s best to drink water in moderation.
So how to properly hydrate your body?
While water is best for staying hydrated, other beverages and foods can contribute to your daily water intake. This includes tea, milk, coffee, etc. Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables. Below are some fruits and vegetables which contain a high amount of water and are easy to snack on.
Strawberries — 91% water content
Grapefruit — 90.5% water content
Watermelon — 91.5%, water content
Starfruit — 91.4% water content
Cucumbers — 96.7% water content
Iceberg lettuce — 95.6% water content
Radish — 95.3% water content
Tomato — 94.5% water content