WHY IS HYDRATION IMPORTANT TO ACTIVE PEOPLE?

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How much water do you drink daily? Are you still thirsty? If so, then you might need more fluids. Thirst is a sign of dehydration. The more active you are, the more water you need in your diet. Research indicates that even the slightest degree of dehydration can affect your mood and physical performance. Even though it’s recommended to drink at least two litres of water a day, most people need more fluids to function properly.
The human body is about 70 percent water. This fluid is essential for physical and mental performance. Although humans can live for over a month without food, they can only survive a few days without water. Dehydration affects every system in your body, including your heart, kidneys, liver, and brain. Its symptoms include:

Signs of Dehydration

  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • No tears when crying
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Dark urine
  • Decreased physical performance
  • Low energy

When you don’t drink enough water, your heart has to work harder than usual. You might also experience a heat stroke, swollen feet, and muscle cramps. Fluid retention might occur too because your body will store water for future use. The more water you drink, the more you’ll excrete toxins through urine and sweat.

The Benefits of Hydration

Water is the single most critical nutrient in your diet. Blood is 82 percent water. The brain is 96 percent water. A two percent drop in body fluids can cause brain shrinkage, poor memory, slow muscular response, and reduced endurance. By drinking more water, you’ll look younger and feel energised. There’s no better to prevent wrinkle and keep your hair and skin healthy.

If you have active lifestyle, drink at least three or four litres of water a day. This vital fluid lubricates your joints and reduces muscle fatigue. It also helps maintain optimal performance and promotes fat loss. Since this fluid is needed to transport nutrients to your cells, it’s essential to stay hydrated for building muscle and strength.

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7 Things That Might Happen If You Drink 16 cups of Water a Day

From weight loss to brighter under eyes 

16 cups. It sounds like a lot, but considering that your body is made up of 60 percent water, it sort of makes sense that you’d need about that much to keep things running smoothly. Here, seven things that might happen if you drank 16 cups of water every day.

You Might Feel Bloated…Initially

If you’re suddenly increasing your water intake, you may feel uncomfortably full (especially around the midsection) to start. Don’t worry: This will subside soon, but in the meantime, sip your water slowly and steadily throughout the day instead of all at once to minimise the discomfort.              

You Will Have to Pee All the Time

Once that de-bloating kicks into gear, you’ll be flushing out the excess sodium your body is holding onto. You’ll also be doing that other bathroom business regularly, now that your body is breaking down its food more easily. (Hello, flat tummy!) And the last bonus? Those frequent bathroom breaks ensure that you’re moving around more throughout the day.

You Might Eat Less

There’s a reason why nutritionists suggest chugging a glass of water before meals. It makes you feel fuller, which keeps you from consuming too many superfluous calories. 

You’ll Have Better Workouts

Water helps to transport oxygen and glucose through your body, so you’ll have more energy during your workout. Plus, it acts as a lubricant for your joints and muscles. Make sure to drink frequently two hours before your workout, every 20 minutes during and directly afterwards to keep your body properly hydrated. 

You Might Lose Weight

Think about it: You’re peeing away the extra bloat, you’re eliminating waste regularly, you’re eating less and you’re working out more efficiently. While drinking more water in itself won’t make you lose weight, the positive side effects just might.             

Your Under eye Circles Might (Finally) Go Away 

Under-eye bags are commonly caused by the retention of water to that delicate area. Whether it’s from eating a salty meal or a late night sob-fest, sodium is prone to pooling. Drinking more water will help flush out the excess salt from your system, which will tamp down any puffiness—even there.

You’ll Crave More Water

The more you drink it, the more you’ll want it–and the less you’ll crave other not-as-great-for-you beverages. Luckily, the stuff is free, pure and as evidenced above, the absolute best for you.