Good Hydration = Healthier… Happier Life
Even if you are not that all concerned about your own health and fitness, it’s important to understand how critical good hydration is to your overall well-being. Regrettably, some people only associate hydration with the height of summer heat or after a session at the gym. Generally, this is wholly inadequate for your body to be in a healthy state and it is important to establish good hydration habits regardless of the time of year, temperature or level of physical exertion. These good habits will provide a great foundation for a healthier lifestyle regardless of your activity level.
Good Hydration = Healthier… Happier Life
While many consider diet and exercise to be the two cornerstones to overall good health, in fact, there is a third component of equal importance: hydration. Correct hydration should be a consideration for all day, every day. Hydration helps your body regulate temperature, protect sensitive organs and tissues including the spinal cord, lubricate the joints and allow the body to flush toxins and waste through perspiration, urination and bowel movements.
Many erroneously believe that they don’t need a drink until they feel thirst. In actual fact, this is not only wrong, but it is important not to wait until one feels thirsty before consuming fluids, as thirst is actually an indication that your body is already in a dehydrated state.
While some foods such as tomatoes or melons can contain up to 95% water, it is near impossible to meet your full daily fluid requirements without drinking the correct fluids. Research has shown that even mild dehydration can adversely affect brain function, triggering headaches, fatigue and constipation. Although many consider dehydration to be only a problem in excessive heat, it is still possible to suffer even in cooler weather. So even in a cold Nebraska winter, you could suffer from dehydration.
The Key to Staying Hydrated
The most important aspect of staying hydrated is to consume plenty of good quality fluids. Sugary sodas and caffeinated drinks will not aid you in staying hydrated. Therefore, it is important to drink plenty of good quality water. As tap water can be filled with potentially harmful contaminants and unpalatable elements, from hydrogen sulfide to calcium, magnesium or iron, it is a good idea to have a water filter in your home.
Medical experts recommended that adults consume approximately half a gallon of water each day. Although this may seem like an enormous quantity, it equates to roughly eight, 8 ounce glasses of water throughout the day.
If you are concerned that you may not be consuming enough water, you should consider carrying a water bottle with you when you are away from home. Ideally, you should substitute soda and other sugar sweetened drinks with water. This can help you feel better hydrated and assist you with weight management. For example, switching a 20-ounce soda for filtered water could save you approximately 240 calories and allow you to reduce the risk of dehydration.
Although many consumers may consider store bought filtered water to be too costly for their budget, there are a number of home water filtration systems that can offer economical and great quality water. Whether you choose an under the counter Reverse Osmosis device or a whole house water filtration system, great tasting quality water can be an effective way to encourage your family to drink more water, instead of soda pop, staying hydrated throughout the day and leading to living a happier and healthier life.
About The Author, Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:
With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state, Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices.