Sunday March 13th, 2016

The importance of good hydration

Water is essential to the human body: it helps regulate our body temperature, keep the skin moisturized and supple, lubricate joints and organs, and have good digestion.

We cannot let our bodies suffer from dehydration, although we should not overdo it either. We should be aware of the amounts and processes involved in drinking water so we don’t make mistakes that could damage our bodies.

We lose water through urine, faeces, breathing and sweating, and it is very important to replace it as we lose it.

The normal recommended amount is between 2 and 3 liters of water a day, but we will have to take into account the amount of physical activity we do and the temperatures where we live. In the upcoming months, we should increase our water intake, although recommendations vary according to age, sex, and diet.

They also advise not drinking water during meals, as it can hinder digestion. Instead, drink water on an empty stomach, before meals and one and a half hours after eating.

Five benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach

  1. Suitable hydration is important for the brain to function correctly. When we are properly hydrated, brain cells receive oxygenated blood and the brain remains alert.
  2. Adequate water consumption is essential for the kidneys to work well, helping them to eliminate unnecessary waste and nutrients through the urine.
  3. It improves the digestive tract, as water is necessary to dissolve nutrients so they can be absorbed by the blood and transported to the cells.
  4. Water is a great ally for the skin, helping to keep it supple and toned.
  5. Water acts as a lubricant for the muscles and joints: it helps protect the joints and ensures that muscles work correctly.

 

Source: European Hydration Institute