Are you thirsty? People tend not to think about water consumption and how it may be affecting their mental and physical performance. Most people don't even realise that being chronically dehydrated can affect mental and physical performance.
Water is of major importance to all living things. In humans, up to 60% of the body is comprised of water. It is no surprise that with so much of our body comprising of water, that it is a major indicator to the optimal state of health.
Humans must consume a certain amount of water every day in order to survive. The amount can vary according to age and gender, and also by the location of where someone lives. In general, an adult male needs about 3 litres per day, while an adult female needs about 2.2 litres per day. The source of some of this water comes from food.
With regard to maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, the water coming into your body must equal the water coming out of your body (what you lose through things such as sweating, breathing, and going to the bathroom).
What Does Water Do for You and Your Body?
- Needed for the brain to assist in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters
- Regulates body temperature
- Keeps muscle membranes moist and lubricates joints
- Forms saliva to assist digestions
- Allows body cells to grow, reproduce and survive
- Helps convert food to components needed for survival and digestion
- Flushes body water and toxins
- Water is the major component of most body parts
What Are Some Ways Our Body Can Become Dehydrated?
- Physical activity
- Being in a hot or windy climate
- Excessive or low humidity
- Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
How Can Dehydration Affect Your Body?
- Mood Swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Foggy memory
- Bad breath
- Muscle cramps
- Dry skin
How Do I Know if I Am Dehydrated?
One simple way of knowing if you are dehydrated is by looking at the colour of your urine. If it is a light yellow colour, you should be okay, but if it is a darker yellow, you need to think about drinking more water. If it is a syrupy or brown colour, you may be suffering from severe dehydration, or even worse, liver disease. Make sure you drink plenty more water and if a darker colour persists, see a healthcare professional.
It is a common mistake to overlook the importance of drinking enough water to obtain optimal hydration. Older people in particular tend to lose some of their sense of thirst due to the ageing process.
If you feel you may be suffering from some of the ill effects of dehydration, make a point of increasing your fluid intake. You may notice your overall performance and mental capacity will increase and you will feel much better overall.
Try to keep a bottle of water with you at all times. This way, you can keep track of how much you are drinking. Bored of water? Jazz things up and add some fruit. Lemon, lime, orange and berries all work well.
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Written by Tanya Lim
Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition
360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000