Now more than ever, when health is at the forefront of our minds, it is important not to forget how crucial it is to stay hydrated in order to keep our bodies healthy. Especially, in a tropical country like Sri Lanka where we experience Summer all year around, it is vital to know how to stay hydrated.
Why Do We Need Fluids?
Water makes up a large proportion of the body; on average sixty percent of body weight in men and between fifty to fifty-five percent in women. Water has many functions in the body, it helps:
Water is lost in urine and sweat throughout the day. We are uniquely designed to regulate our own body temperature, particularly in hot conditions, by losing more water through the skin (perspiration), which in turn acts to cool the body helping to maintain a stable temperature. Therefore, living in a hot climate, we rapidly lose fluid through sweating, hence we need to ensure we drink fluids more regularly to ensure all bodily functions are able to function as required.
What Happens When You Are Dehydrated?
Studies have shown that at about one percent dehydration (equivalent of one percent of body weight water loss) there are negative effects on mental and physical functions, and these become more severe as dehydration gets worse.
Low levels of fluid cause:
Once the body detects that more water is needed, kidneys reduce the amount of water lost in the urine. Hence, the color of urine becomes darker.
How Much Water Do You Need?
Fluid intake depends on factors such as:
Needs vary from person to person, but there are certain population groups who may need to pay particular attention to hydration.
For all those who are finding it hard to stay hydrated here are some tips:
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