Hydration: More Than Just Quenching Thirst

Hydration: More Than Just Quenching Thirst

The summer heat is here, the season of sweating! And we live in Texas, so go ahead and raise that sweat variable to the nth degree. Drinking water/ staying hydrated is always important, but with the seasonal extra loss through sweating, it becomes even more important to make it a priority.

Water makes up about 60% of the human body and is crucial for maintaining nearly every bodily function. Here we dive into why hydration is vital for health and well-being, explore the myriad benefits of staying properly hydrated, and offer tips on how to ensure you’re getting enough water!


Why Hydration Matters

Hydration is essential in many physiological processes, here are just a few:

1. Regulating Body Temperature

Sweating and respiration regulates body temperature. Dehydration hinders the body’s ability to cool itself, which can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, especially during hot weather or intense physical activity.

2. Supporting Digestion

Water helps break down food so your body can absorb the nutrients, and it prevents constipation by softening stools and promoting regular bowel movements.

3. Lubricating Joints

Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains about 80% water. Adequate hydration ensures that joints remain lubricated, reducing friction and preventing discomfort or injury during movement.

4. Protecting Tissues and Organs

Water acts as a cushion and lubricant for the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues. Proper hydration helps maintain the balance of fluids around these vital organs, ensuring they function optimally.

5. Enhancing Physical Performance

Dehydration can significantly impair physical performance. Athletes and active individuals lose a lot of fluids through sweat, and even a small deficit can lead to decreased endurance, increased fatigue, and impaired coordination.


The Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated offers a host of benefits that go beyond basic physiological functions. Staying hydrated can improve cognitive function, enhance mood, leave you with better skin, and help with weight management:

1. Improved Cognitive Function

Dehydration can negatively impact concentration, alertness, and short-term memory. Proper hydration ensures that the brain remains sharp and focused, enhancing cognitive performance and reducing the risk of headaches.

2. Enhanced Mood

Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can lead to mood swings, increased feelings of anxiety, and fatigue. Drinking enough water helps maintain a stable mood and emotional well-being.

3. Better Skin Health

Hydration plays a key role in maintaining skin elasticity and appearance. Well-hydrated skin is less prone to dryness, flakiness, and premature aging. Drinking enough water can help maintain a healthy glow and reduce the incidence of acne and other skin conditions.

4. Weight Management

Water is a natural appetite suppressant and can aid in weight management. Sometimes, our bodies can misinterpret thirst as hunger, leading to unnecessary snacking. Drinking water before meals can help control appetite and prevent overeating.


Tips for Staying Hydrated

1. Carry a Water Bottle

Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times. This makes it easy to sip water throughout the day, whether you’re at work, the gym, or on the go.

2. Set Reminders

We have resources at our disposal, let’s use them! Set an alarm or a reminder on your phone to help you drink water regularly. Setting reminders can help establish a routine, making it easier to stay hydrated.

3. Infuse Your Water

If you find plain water boring, spice it up by infusing it with fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Lemon, cucumber, mint, and berries can add a refreshing twist to your water, making it more enjoyable to drink.

4. Eat Water-Rich Foods

Don’t let plain ole water do all the heavy lifting! Incorporate water-rich foods like cucumbers, oranges, strawberries, and watermelon into your diet. These foods contribute to your overall fluid intake and offer additional health benefits.

5. Monitor Your Urine

One of the simplest ways to gauge your hydration level is to monitor the color of your urine. Pale yellow urine typically indicates proper hydration, while darker urine suggests that you need to drink more water.


It’s hot, we are sweating extra, hopefully we’ve convinced you enough to make water a priority! You should be drinking AT LEAST 100oz of water a day. By making a conscious effort to drink enough water daily, you can improve your overall health and well-being and keep yourself safe during this blistering season.

We didn’t touch on it, but it is important to note that replenishing electrolyte is an important cornerstone to hydration. We suggest LMNT packets, soon available for purchase at the gym!

So stay safe, drink your water!

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