By Celeste Ketels
November 12, 2023
As many of you already know, your body is composed of 60% water so drinking enough water each day is essential to overall health and body function for many reasons. A few ways that water functions in your body are to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, prevent and fight infections, moisten the skin, eyes, nose, and mouth, carry oxygen and nutrients to the cells, flush out waste products, proper organ function, and dissolve nutrients and minerals to allow accessibility to your body. Also, according to Dr. Amen the brain is 80% water.
Being well-hydrated can improve sleep, cognition, and mood. Dehydration can lead to brain fog, memory loss, and lack of concentration. Maintaining the right hydration levels helps to improve cognitive function and decision-making abilities and keeps your brain functioning at its best.
Tips to stay hydrated include starting your day with a cup of warm water, even before your coffee. I know, yuck. But try it and see the results. If you struggle with drinking water, add fruit to it. Carry a water bottle with you and set goals for yourself to stay on track. There are more ways to stay adequately hydrated besides just drinking water. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables to help bridge the gap.
Another innovative and wonderful way to increase your hydration is to get on an IV hydration regimen (contact Jason A Ketels, RN at 810-285-4662 to learn more). There are several nutrient packages to choose from to keep you healthy especially during the upcoming long, dark winter months and holiday season.
Do not drink your calories or dehydrating beverages! Avoid soda, energy drinks, and too much coffee and alcohol. As a rule, consume 50% of your body weight– i.e., a 150 lb. person should drink 75 oz of water daily.
By consuming the daily recommendation of water, your body will function better, and your overall health will improve.
It is difficult to drink too much water by accident, but it can happen. The symptoms of water intoxication are general, but they include confusion, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting. In rare cases, water intoxication can become fatal.
Talk to your doctor before beginning any new health regimen.
Celeste Ketels and The HBH Team
Celeste is the founder and CEO of Healed Beyond Hope located in Millington, MI