Stay hy­drated

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO BRING ON SUMMER FEATURE -

Our bod­ies are made up of 60% wa­ter, which is why proper hy­dra­tion is es­sen­tial for our health. Pure, clean drink­ing wa­ter helps keep your body run­ning smoothly. Wa­ter op­ti­mises blood pres­sure, reg­u­lates body tem­per­a­ture, lu­bri­cates joints, moves waste out of the body and aids in di­ges­tion. In­creased sum­mer tem­per­a­tures and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties re­sult in in­creased wa­ter loss through sweat­ing and evap­o­ra­tion as your body works to stay cool. When more wa­ter moves out of the body than we take in, we be­come de­hy­drated. Signs of de­hy­dra­tion in­clude light­head­ed­ness, hunger pangs and dry mouth. A nag­ging headache might be your body’s way of telling you that your brain is de­hy­drated. After all, the brain con­sists of 73% wa­ter and needs to be con­stantly hy­drated.

1 After wak­ing up in the morn­ing

Our body loses wa­ter dur­ing the night. A glass of cold wa­ter is an ex­cel­lent kick-start for the day.

2 Be­fore a meal

Drink­ing wa­ter be­fore eat­ing helps you feel fuller, which means you won’t overeat.

3 When you feel hun­gry

Hunger pangs are of­ten mis­taken for hunger, while they are ac­tu­ally symp­toms of de­hy­dra­tion. If you feel hun­gry between meals, drink some wa­ter first to see if you’re not de­hy­drated.

4 Be­fore a work­out

Make sure your body is prop­erly hy­drated be­fore tak­ing part in stren­u­ous ex­er­cises.

5 After a work­out

After vig­or­ous ex­er­cise, you need wa­ter to re­place flu­ids lost through per­spi­ra­tion.

6 When you’re ex­posed to germs

If you’re around sick peo­ple at work and school, or in hos­pi­tal, drink a lit­tle more wa­ter than usual to help wash away germs and viruses that your body may have picked up.

7 When you’re ill

When you’re ill, you need to drink plenty of flu­ids, in­clud­ing wa­ter, to get bet­ter. Not get­ting enough flu­ids can af­fect the body's abil­ity to fight in­fec­tion.

8 When you’re tired

Fa­tigue is an­other symp­tom of de­hy­dra­tion. Drink­ing wa­ter might boost your en­ergy lev­els a bit.

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