• Anupama Prakash

HYDRATION


Everyone must have frequently heard the term “Hydration”. Have you noticed that whenever we feel sick the first advice we get is “Drink a lot of water and Stay Hydrated”. I have experienced this personally, I got sick a few weeks ago and was hospitalized. I had fever for a week and the body temperature went up to 100 degrees. The first advice I got from my friends and colleagues is “Take care and stay hydrated”. So I've decided to drink a glass of water every half an hour for one day and the next day to my surprise my body temperature went down. This is because water helps in regulating our body temperature. This personal experience made me to write a blog on hydration. There are many people especially teenagers who doesn't consume water, for them this blog will be helpful.


Apart from regulating our body temperature, water helps in delivering oxygen to the body through our blood, helps in digestion of food, it is also responsible for flushing body waste, maintaining blood pressure,lubricates your joints, protects your spinal cord, delivering minerals and nutrients. Another important function of water is that it helps in weight loss. The total amount of water in 70 kg man is 42 litres, averaging 60% of his body weight.


Summer is upon us and this is a good time to bring up the importance of water and staying hydrated. Summertime is not the only time when you need to be concerned about staying hydrated. Hydration is important all year long. However, summer is when people tend to think more about hydration because of all the sweat that is lost during outside activities.


TIPS TO KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED:

  • Set an alarm or reminder to drink water throughout your day.

  • Track your water intake.

  • Carry a water bottle with you always.

  • Don't wait until you're thirsty.

  • Drink 8 glasses of water per day.

  • Make your water more interesting by adding flavours to it like cumins, mint, cucumber, lemon etc.

  • Find other alternatives like consuming watery fruits and vegetables.

  • Drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

  • Minimize Your Caffeine and Alcohol Intake

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