Importance of hydration during summer

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Importance of hydration this summer

The summer months are here and the temperature has hit +30 degrees. In this hot weather we are prone to losing more water from our bodies through perspiration. It is particularly important for us to stay hydrated, especially if in training!

We need to make sure we are drinking enough water in order to maintain the balance between water and electrolytes. This balance is vital to ensure the proper functioning of every system in our bodies, including our nerve and our muscular functioning.

Only a very slight change in our hydration levels can have noticeable effects on the both physical performance and mental wellbeing.

Why is hydration important?

Water is used by the body to transport nutrients to all of our cells, providing us with an instant energy boost. By transporting oxygenated blood to our brains, water enables us to maintain concentration levels. When we are dehydrated, our brain functioning is impaired and we can suffer from daytime fatigue.

During intensive exercise, we lose up to 6-10% of our body weight through sweating. If the body is not rehydrated throughout and after physical activity, dehydration can severely impair physical performance, having a drastic effect on our strength, endurance and muscle recovery.

One of the primary reasons for this is that dehydration affects our core body temperature. Due to dehydration we are able to release less heat through sweating therefore causing a rise in body temperature and an increasing sense of fatigue.

Water and weight loss

Ensuring we are drinking enough water can also be an effective way of stimulating weight loss. Not only does our appetite decrease naturally when we are substantially hydrated, but we often mistake thirst for hunger cravings.

When we are dehydrated our bodies tend to hold onto any available water in our bodies as a survival mechanism, which can cause bloating. When we are drinking enough water, this effect is reversed, and our bodies are encouraged to release more and retain less water, as it is no longer threatened with dehydration.

Hydration and a healthy body

In addition, to tackling the effect of bloating, water is used by the body to maintain a healthy digestive system. The stomach needs water to produce hydrochloric acid used to breakdown the food we consume effectively, and to ensure a healthy bowel function in order to remove any waste products.

By supporting the healthy functioning of both the liver and the kidneys, water also aids effective detoxification of the body.

The kidneys use water to fuel its ability to filter toxins in the body and to remove waste products from the cells via urine. When the kidneys are able to function effectively, it allows the liver to continue to do its own job and metabolise excess fat stores.

Sip regularly throughout the day, and each of these individual benefits will work together to instantly transform our energy levels when we take a drink!