Why Is Hydration So Important?

Water is necessary for a myriad of biochemical reactions that occur every minute in your body.  Some organisms are made up of 90% water and the human body, 60%.  According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.  Without adequate hydration the human body cannot function in a healthy or optimal fashion.

Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going:

  • A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material.

  • It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration

  • The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;

  • It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination

  • acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus

  • forms saliva

  • lubricates joints

    Here are some tips to incorporate more H2O into your daily life:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Purchasing bottled water is expensive and creates plastic bottle waste. Carry a reusable water bottle and fill it from the tap instead.

  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.

  • Be sure to drink water before, during, and after a workout.

  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.

  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up; at breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and when you go to bed. Or drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.

  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, it’s free and it will keep you from over-eating!

    For more information on health, wellness, nutrition and hydration please visit Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA.