Summertime is finally here! With the temperatures rising, that means we will likely be spending more time outdoors. Additionally, it means we will likely be sweating more and hopefully, drinking more water! With that being said, June 23rd is National Hydration Day! Many don’t realize the importance of staying hydrated does not stop at drinking water during workouts or on hot days. Staying hydrated actually impacts many other bodily functions such as keeping joints lubricated, sleep quality, and more! Let’s discover why staying hydrated is important and the many benefits of drinking water.
The Benefits of Drinking Water
It Prevents Dehydration
It is no surprise to anyone that water prevents dehydration. When you exercise, sweat, or contract a fever, your body releases fluids. Dehydration occurs when your body loses more liquids than it takes in. To make up for the lost fluids, it’s important to drink enough water. Dehydration can cause lightheadedness, fatigue, and dry mouth, which could all eventually escalate. That’s why, now that it’s warmer outside, we should be conscious of our water intake!
It Improves Brain Function
Did you know that dehydration can impact your mood? In fact, according to Dignity Health, dehydration can also interfere with your brain functioning, such as concentration and short-term memory. This is particularly noticeable in older people and children. Additionally, studies show that even mild dehydration, which is considered a fluid loss of 1% to 3%, can impair your brain function. Remember, if you’re outside on a warm day, it’s important to drink up!
It Regulates Body Temperature
According to Medical News Today, water is stored in the middle of our skin. When we get hot, it comes to the skin’s surface, also known as sweat. When it evaporates, it cools off our body! If you’re dehydrated, your body is unable to cool itself down, which is pretty important on a hot, summer day.
Believe it or not, your skin is an organ, and it’s mostly comprised of water! Without enough water, your skin is prone to aging and dryness. Drinking enough water daily can lead to improved complexion, fewer wrinkles, and can even help to clear up the skin. Are you prone to burning after a long day out in the sun, or even just a few minutes? Drinking water can actually help your sunburn to heal and prevent dehydration because sunburn pulls the water to the skin’s surface and away from other parts of the body.
How much water should you really be drinking a day? The Mayo Clinic suggests 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 cups for women daily. On National Hydration Day, try to hit your recommended daily goal. If you’re someone who often forgets to drink water, there are many apps that can remind you throughout the day to ensure that you are hydrated. Drinking enough water impacts our bodies in more ways than we think. With the heat of the summer finally beginning, don’t forget to stay hydrated!
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