The importance of staying hydrated

Water is one of the most important components of our bodies. It is responsible for the normal function of vital organs, the balance of fluids, maintaining body temperature, protecting our heart and joints, and the list continues. Keeping hydrates means being healthy. It is essential that you drink enough water regardless of whether you are already healthy or not and no matter your age.

The benefits of staying hydrated

It is certain that once you know all the benefits of hydration you will start drinking more fluids. Here are some of the advantages of drinking water. To start with, water lowers the risk of heart attacks. It makes you look younger by keeping your skin hydrated and elastic.

Water also helps with headaches and brain function; it makes you more responsive and a faster thinker. Water also aids critical body functions and protects organs. What’s more it contributes to the intestines’ health and helps with constipation. There are hundreds of benefits to drinking water and keeping hydrated.

What happens if I get dehydrated?

Your body has its way of warning you that you are low on your water intake. You will notice things like little and dark urine, dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness and headaches. When you suffer from dehydration your body is unable to protect itself from problems such as, sunstrokes and heat strokes.

You might experience longer and more intense headaches, and dizziness. If you don’t drink enough water on a daily basis, you won’t be able to benefit from all the ways water can benefit your body.

Besides water, what else helps me stay hydrated?

Water is always the best choice you can make, but if you want to add more variety in your daily diet schedule, then go for fruit and vegetables! Fruit like watermelons, melons, and tomatoes have a high concentration of water. Also vegetables like cucumber and lettuce can offer a good amount of water intake.

In addition, tea and coffee are also good sources of water, as long as you don’t overdo it with caffeine. Other kinds of drinks like soft drinks and super market juices will keep you hydrated, but they are high in sugar, which you would want to avoid.

Tips on how to keep hydrated

At Barchester we always take great care of our people and pay close attention to their dietary requirements.

We’ve got a few very simple tips to follow if you want to stay hydrated. The most important is to always have water with you. Whether you are sitting on your sofa watching TV or going out, remember to have a bottle or a glass of water with you.

If you are going out on a walk with our lovely staff, remember to drink water regularly, as our body loses more fluids by sweating during exercise. Another tip is to have someone to remind you to drink water every now and then, in case you have a hard time remembering yourself.  

Finally, if you don’t want the plain taste of water sometimes, but you need something tastier to break the monotony, add a slice of lemon and cucumber in your water. It will give a discreet taste and it will quench your thirst easier.

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