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Hydration; What Staying Hydrated Does For Your Body

Hi Friends of Oompf, it’s Alvan here. Today we will be talking about hydration and its benefits.

A lot of us underestimate the importance of drinking water daily and don’t truly appreciate what water does for our bodies. Its easy to take hydration for granted because we live in a country where water is so easily accessible but if you really think about it, water is one of the most important substances in the earth. Every living thing needs water to survive, plants and animals included and without it live on earth would not be possible.

On average, a male should be drinking about 3 litres a day and a lady about 2. Here are some benefits of water and how it can help with not only your daily life but your fitness.

1. Improved physical performance
Losing as little as 2% of your body’s water content can significantly impair your physical performance. Especially as we are living in such a humid country it is easy to get dehydrated. Besides the fact that a lack of hydration results in altered body temperature and fatigue, it can also cause exercise to seem much more difficult mentally. Hence if you’ve not been paying attention to the amount of water you consume a day, try to track/increase your intake and you may find an improvement in your training performance.

2. Aids weight loss
Now don’t get me wrong, drinking tonnes of water a day will not miraculously make you skinnier, but it does play a part in aiding weight loss. When you’re drinking more water, your stomach gets full and that sends signals to your brain to let you know that you’ve had enough to eat. This helps to prevent overeating or stop you from having that extra dessert after your meal.

3. Reduce headaches
If you’ve suffered from chronic headaches and have never been able to find out the cause behind it, chances are it could be dehydration. Some people have also noticed that drinking water can help relieve headaches as well. This will not only result in you feeling better physically throughout the day but also happier and more motivated.

Here are some simple ways to cultivate the habit of drinking more water:

1. Drink water before and/or after every meal.
2. Opt for water instead of a sugary drink.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating food high in water content can help you to increase your water intake as well.
4. Develop the habit of carrying a water bottle around with you.
5. Drink water every hour and don’t wait only until you are thirsty.

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