Did you know that your body is made up of 60-70% of water? Infants are made up of even more water (about 78%). Keeping that hydration in your body is absolutely essential for the body to work properly. Due to the summer heat and long hours spent in the sun, it can be easy for too much water to evaporate from your system. This can lead to major health problems, some severe. Luckily, it’s easy to stay hydrated properly if you know how to do it properly. Here are a few tips!
The Earth is 71% water. Adults are 60-70% water. Infants are even more at about 78%. All of that water runs your digestive system, hydrates organs and tissues, and gives the body lubrication to work. That’s why it’s so essential that you have proper hydration each day—especially in the summer.
Summertime generally drives more people outdoors. Many states reach temperatures above 100 in the summer. That heat can make it hard to breathe because of the lack of moisture in the air to lubricate your lungs. When it comes to summer plans and days at the beach, you definitely want to make sure you have plenty of water packed with you to avid health problems.
Water makes up your tissues and organs and helps them to function. It is one of the main building blocks of the cells and is vital for carrying nutrients all throughout your body through your bloodstream. Water regulates your internal temperature and keeps it at the right temp through sweating and respiration. That is why you sweat when exercising. Your body temperature goes up and your body creates sweat with water to cool you down and release toxins from the body.
You may notice that your digestive system takes a hit if you aren’t getting enough water intake throughout your day. That’s because water plays a main role in eliminating waste from the body. Not drinking water leads to constipation, headaches, aches and pains, and more. Water forms the saliva that gets your digestive system working as soon as you put food in your mouth. Here are some other benefits of drinking water:
To help your body recover from injury, you must be drinking water every day. You should even consider increasing the amount of water you drink so that your body can send nutrients quickly to the areas that need healing. Muscles and joints can stay lubricated, helping you heal quicker and feel better. Many ailments stem from chronic conditions. Obesity leads to many chronic conditions, but you can help combat weight gain by drinking water. The more water you fill up on, the less sugary drinks and foods you consume. When it comes to rehabilitation in any form, make sure you are drinking enough water to stay healthy and to heal.
As we mentioned, not all drinks are created equal, which is especially true when you start to compare water to liquids such as sodas, juices and alcohol. Many institutes of health will recommend that you get 8 glasses of water each day to have proper hydration. A better recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces. This is a baseline recommendation to ensure you’re getting proper hydration.
If you know you’re going to be outside all day in the summer heat, make sure you get more water than that. Water is the #1 choice for proper hydration. It’s calorie free and rarely contains any minerals, sugar or trace elements besides sodium for preservation. Soda, on the other hand, generally contains more than 30 grams of sugar, or about 3 days’ worth of sugar in one 8-oz cup.
That sugar will quickly lead to weight gain, fatigue, the development of chronic conditions and more. Juices can do the same. Plus, both of these types of drinks will contain either citric or carbonic acids in them for flavor. Those acids will erode your teeth, causing decay. Alcoholic beverages can lead to nerve damage and cancers, plus tooth decay, gum disease and chronic conditions all over the body. Be safe and choose water for proper hydration this summer.
Water is the only substance on the planet that comes in a solid, a gas and a liquid. You can utilize water in all of these states to have better health. To avoid problems in the summer like heatstroke, make sure you have proper hydration through drinking water. Got a stuffy nose? A hot shower with steam will help open up your nasal passages. Have an injury? Ice packs often help reduce swelling, inflammation and pain in the area of your injury.
Proper hydration, or the proper use of water can help your health in so many ways. However, studies show that some summer injuries happen that relate to water, which is why we focused this article on beating the summer heat with proper hydration. Heatstroke happens when your body is exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. If you don’t get enough water in your system, or you’re out in the sun too long, your body can’t regulate your body temperature. This leads to fever, unconsciousness or even death in rare instances. Proper hydration and staying in the shade can help you avoid this condition.
Dehydration can also be a very serious condition when your body isn’t getting enough water to function properly. This too can be life-threatening if it happens over an extended period of time. For tips of hydrating easy or to have help with other aspects of your nutrition, call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 764-9393!