Hydration is something every human body needs whether you’re young or old. Most of us were taught that only drinking water was the true thirst-quencher for staying hydrated. Not just a little, but lots of it between meals was the lesson. Today, scientific research has proven otherwise. It will always be the most natural refreshment out there, but too much H20 can work against you.
An article in Science Alert shows us that dehydration can affect every cell in the human body. Even having just one percent of hydration can cause negative reactions. That means your mood can become nasty, or you can lose memory. It can also trigger attention loss or poor motor coordination.
Dehydration doesn’t happen only to athletes or people physically working hard in high heat. The condition can cause trouble for infants, the elderly, the sick and everyone in between.
Let’s be honest. Water is cheap, readily available and very healthy for you. However, there’s a limit to the amount of it you should be drinking to stay hydrated.
Time.com had a fascinating report about the topic. The online publication revealed that women should drink 91 ounces daily. Men are supposed to drink more at 125 ounces. By the way, one gallon equals 128 ounces.
In 2015, a study was conducted using a variety of beverages to test short-term hydration effects. Plain H20 was compared with liquids like sports drinks, sodas, coffee, tea, orange juice, skimmed milk, etc. Even beer was tested.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the findings. Urine analysis was done after on the participants, and the results were surprising.
The clinical trial showed that several of the beverages were more hydrating than plain H20. Sports drinks did not help either. Winning hydrating drinks proved to be milk, tea, and orange juice. It sounds hard to believe, right?
When we diet, we’ve been taught that drinking lots of water are key for cleansing. This routine is supposed to be flushing away the toxins. It’s recommended at a young age to drink it between meals.
That advice is now changing. Sipping H20 all day long will have you running to the bathroom to “pee” it out. Chugging quarts of it on an empty stomach isn’t doing you any huge favors.
Research shows us that a slow and steady approach is the best way to consume our H20 on a daily basis. Having a glass of it with a little food is good for your body. For example, having a piece of fruit as you sip away is wise advice. This will help your body remain hydrated. Fruits like watermelon, peaches, and strawberries are packed with H20, too. Bananas and avocados have potassium. Fruit can help your body absorb fluids and use nutrients later.
Whatever you do, don’t stop enjoying plain H20. It’s a vital source for keeping every cell in your body working at its best. Just don’t have it all day long. Mix up your beverage list.