We are made of around 60% water, and it is needed in every cell in our bodies. This is why being severely dehydrated may cause people to feel dizzy, sleepy, faint, confused, irritable and may have a rapid heartbeat and/or breathing. While most of us manage to avoid severe dehydration, just moderate dehydration can lead to a dry or sticky mouth, darkly colored urine, headaches and muscle cramps/fatigue as well as reduced energy and even brain functionality. Staying hydrated is essential to our health for many reasons and also gives us a far better quality of life. Here are some of the biggest benefits of staying hydrated.
Water supports brain activity
Research has shown that people who are well hydrated have improved brain functionality and even perform better under examination conditions. Drinking water can help the brain to function at its maximum capacity including having a sharper memory, better problem-solving ability and a more stable mood. In addition, it can also help to prevent anxiety and stress.
Water supports your cardiovascular system
When we are dehydrated, our blood volume decreases. With less blood available, the heart has to work harder to pump it around the body to ensure your cells get sufficient oxygen. This is why when we exercise or even go about our daily routine when dehydrated, we will find it more difficult.
Water helps your body cool
Our bodies need to be able to release heat by expanding the blood vessels near the surface of the skin, which is why our skin can turn red after exercise. This increases blood flow and lets the heat escape our bodies. If we are dehydrated, it needs to be much hotter for the blood vessels to expand so you will feel hotter for longer.
Water helps to cleanse your body of toxins
Kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste from our blood and passing it out as urine. Without enough water, the kidneys cannot do this efficiently, and this can lead to urinary infections and kidney stones. When people are severely dehydrated it can lead to kidney failure which causes toxins to build up in the body. When we drink a lot of alcohol we are dehydrating our bodies which leads to the nasty hangover symptoms we often have the next day. One of the best remedies for a hangover is an IV treatment which replaces lost fluid and nutrients such as those offered by Reset IV Los Angeles.
Water helps your muscles
We should be well hydrated before, during and after exercise. The cells in our muscles have water inside and outside, which provides them with the nutrients they need and removes toxins. Water is also essential for keeping our joints well lubricated and if our muscles are dehydrated they are susceptible to fatigue and cramps.
Water promotes healthy skin
When we are dehydrated, our skin is much less elasticated. In addition, being well hydrated helps to flush out the toxins in our system which can lead to breakouts. It can vary from person to person, but some people find that drinking water can brighten their complexion in general and prevent dry lips.