Do you often get reminded by those close to you to drink water? Do you often like to remind your family and friends to stay hydrated? If yes, then good on you. But the real question is, do you know why it’s important to stay hydrated and what it does for your health?

If yes, then we hope you’ll learn even more about it by reading this blog. But if you’re still wondering what hydration does, why it’s important and all the little benefits it brings for your body, then look no further.

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In this article, we’ll try and cover all the important things to do with hydration and drinking for healthy living. Hydration isn’t just important. It’s essential. You can be eating, exercising and living the best life possible, but if you’re doing this without actually keeping the body hydrated with fluids, then your health will be going backwards and will even deteriorate.

Hydration should be the staple hold and foundation for healthy living. In countries as hot as the UAE where temperatures can sore above 50 degrees in the summer, getting enough fluid is crucial for the body and overall health. Dehydration can lead to many health complications and can even be fatal at certain points. 

Signs of Mild or Moderate Dehydration

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  • Thirst
  • Dry/flaking skin
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Peeing less often
  • Dark yellow pee
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sore Joints
  • Stomach cramping

Signs of Severe Dehydration

  • Very dry skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing or catching breath
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sleepiness throughout the day
  • Lack of energy
  • Confusion or irritability
  • Fainting

Drinking enough fluid (especially water) is essential for almost every function in the body and brain. Water acts as the solvent for chemical reactions in the body and promotes transportation for nutrients and waste.

Water also helps to maintain healthy and consistent blood flow, proper circulation and regulation, helps maintain body temperature at optimal levels and acts as a lubricant and protective shield for joints, muscles and our brain.

Reasons Why It is Important to Stay Hydrated

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Not only does hydration promote these benefits, but this is only a few of many other reasons why hydration is important. Here are some of the most important reasons why you need to stay hydrated.

1. Disease and Sickness Prevention

This is one for the most important roles and if not the most essential as to why hydration is important. Proper hydration is the main fuel behind the bodies defence system against disease and illness.

Staying hydrated can help fend the body from heart disease, asthma, urinary tract infection, constipation, kidney stones, and even possibly different types of cancer.

Water and sufficient hydration will help keep the bodies defence system maintain its integrity as well as cleanse the body from harmful bacteria. This brings us to our next point.

2. Inside and Outside Body Cleansing 

Sufficient water consumption will help filter waste from the blood and other parts of the body through the form of urine and excrement (poo). This helps to keep kidneys and arteries in the body replenished and healthy.

These are important components in the body to prevent urinary tract infections, the development of kidney stones and the prevention of harmful toxins building up in your body. Sufficient water consumption will help to get rid of harmful toxins and bacteria at first chance.

3. Boosted Brain Power

Drinking water helps to improve brain functioning and cognitive performance. The brains composition is made up of 83% water. This means that constant hydration is essential for it to function healthily. Dehydration will lead to less water supply going into the brain that can make you feel fatigued, tired, confused and even dazed.

Severe dehydration in the brain can even lead to more fatal health complications. Consuming water or other drinks that are high in electrolytes will help stimulate the brain and keep it functioning.

Multiple studies have shown that people who regularly sip on water while performing cognitive tasks perform much better than those who don’t. A hydrated brain can also help with headache prevention.

4. Prevents Your Mouth From Going Dry

Water will help to keep the inside of your mouth as well as your lips, feeling moistened and elastic. This helps you with chewing and swallowing food as well as speaking. Water also keeps teeth moist and strong.

Dehydration or increased dryness in the mouth can cause bad breath, fragile teeth as well as cracks in the tongue and lips. Dehydration and dryness in the mouth can also cause cavities in teeth. 

5. Improved Cardiovascular Health

Hydration can improve your cardiovascular system by providing you with more energy and increase blood flow in the body. This keeps you physically stronger for longer as well as improve your endurance.

Hydration will help to increase your blood volume, so your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to provide oxygen in the body. This means that everyday activities such as walking, running and lifting heavy objects will not be as difficult as doing it under dehydrated circumstances.

6. Body Temperature Regulation

When you are under hot temperatures from the external environment or exercising at a high intensity, your body will release heat and expand blood vessels closest to your skin. This is why you’ll notice your skin turning red when in hot weather or during intense physical exercise.

By hydrating more often during these times, your body temperature can decrease and prevent you from having a break down due to overheating. This is because your blood flow is improved, and the heat will dissipate in the air. 

7. Improves Skin Health

Drinking water and staying hydrated is one of the most overlooked skin maintenance remedies. Many people look to commercial products to keep skin feeling smooth, elastic and clean.

What most people don’t realize is that none of the cosmetic products or treatments will work without proper hydration. By getting enough water in your body, your skin can significantly improve by keeping it moist and soft. Dehydration can result in wrinkles and make it difficult for the skin to recover from scars or blemishes.

How Much Water Should You Drink?

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According to the Dubai Health Authority, the amount of water a person should consume all depends on their age, weight, height, sex, physical condition and lifestyle. However, a good rule of thumb is that every person should drink 30 to 35 ml of water per kilo of body weight.

For example, if a person weighs 60 kilos, he or she needs to drink 1.8 litres to 2.1 per day. And the best drink is water. Try to stay away from sugary drinks such as fruit juices and soda. An occasional coffee or tea is okay to have. However, water works best for hydration and regulating body temperature in warm weather.

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