Why is Hydration Important?

Living in Florida, we know a thing or two about how to stay hydrated, especially during these summer months. But why is it so important to drink water specifically?

According to Harvard School of Public Health, drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition and mood.

Our body is composed of 60% water, and it can go rather quickly. We are constantly losing water and electrolytes throughout the day via breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements, so even mild dehydration can exhaust you and affect many of your body’s daily functions. Dehydration is simply the state where more water is leaving our bodies and cells than is coming in.

Water is the best way to rehydrate and stay hydrated. One major dehydration culprit is sugar, which can be included in many of our favorite beverages including vitamin waters, sports drinks, juices and sodas.

Check out these resources below to learn more about staying hydrated:

Want to learn more about what’s right for your specific body needs? Try out our VirtuWell Coaching or consult with one of our Registered Dietitians.