Research has shown that an oral hydration solution helped people retain a third of fluid they consumed over a two hour follow-up period and that they remained hydrated for over four hours.
Whether you’re a hardcore athlete or as sedentary as they come, being properly hydrated is of utmost importance and something that often gets overlooked. Leading busy lives means we sometimes forget to drink throughout the day, and before we know it, it’s nighttime and we're feeling sluggish and thirsty. Neglecting proper hydration doesn’t result in a consequence of merely feeling thirsty; it leaves us doing our bodies a huge disservice. Hydration is important for the body on so many levels.
The Benefits of a Hydrated Mind and Body
- Increases Energy - Oftentimes when we feel tired during the day, it’s because we’re actually dehydrated
- Protects the Nervous System - Water cushions the brain, and having enough in the body is crucial for protection of the brain and spinal cord
- Regulates Temperature - Our bodies sweat as a means of cooling our body off, but when we sweat we must also replenish lost fluids with water
- Helps Remove Waste - Drinking enough water is crucial to moving waste through the body quickly and efficiently
- Boosts Immunity - Being hydrated ensures your mucous membranes don’t dry out, which helps keep the body more resistant to diseases and sicknesses
- Increased Oxygen Flow - The better the blood flow in our body, the more efficient it runs. And the more efficient the better your calorie burn
While you don’t have to just drink plain water in order to meet your hydration goals for the day, it’s important to note that some caffeinated beverages (energy drinks, coffee and tea) are actually diuretics, which may cause you to lose water via excretion. Mixing up your hydration intake for the day between varieties of sources may be the best way to hit your goal to stay hydrated.
Water is the Single Most Critical Nutrient to Help You Stay Hydrated