Feel great – hydrate!
24th January 2018
I’m going to keep this blog post on dehydration short and sweet, but first here’s a couple of important facts about hydration:-
Water makes up more then two thirds of human brain weight.
The human brain is made up of 95% water and drinking water maintains the body’s correct fluid balance and helps the body function more efficiently.
Here’s just a handful of evidence-based benefits for why you should make water your new best friend:-
Boosts brain function Increases energy levels Maximises your physical performance Prevent headaches Increases satiety and boosts metabolic rate therefore may help with weight loss Can help relieve constipation Promotes a clearer skin Improves kidney function
The digestion of food starts in your mouth where the action of chewing combined with the enzymes contained in saliva begins to break down your food.
The first sign of dehydration is a dry mouth and thirst. If you are dehydrated, your body will struggle to produce enough saliva, resulting in foods not being sufficiently broken down for further digestion in the small intestine.
Once you are dehydrated, the stomach and the intestines are the next call. The body is very clever and will draw out water from the mucus membranes within the stomach which are there to protect the stomach from the acidic digestive fluid it produces.
If the mucus membranes in the stomach become a bit low on water, heartburn, stomach ulcers and reflux problems can occur from where the hydrochloric acid burns the mucus membranes.
When the body is dehydrated, the colon extracts as much water from faeces as possible resulting, in a pebble-like faeces. You will not only suffer from constipation, but you also risk the absorption of toxic fluids into the bloodstream meaning you are adding to your liver’s daily chores of cleaning up.
So if you suffer from indigestion, constipation or a dry mouth, perhaps you are dehydrated?
In order to stay hydrated, here is a simple calculation to work out how much water (in litres) you should ideally drink in a day:
Measure your weight in kilograms
Times your body weight by 0.033
For example: A person weighing 65kg should typically drink 2.145 litres of water in a day.
I hope you’ve found this information helpful. Now go and reach for a glass of water or a herbal tea!! Your body will thank you.
Love Kate x