Our bodies need water to survive. Proper hydration at the cellular level can help to repair, restore, and revitalize cells which allows the body to function at its best. Adequate hydration and vitamin nutrition may also slow down the aging process and contribute to a disease-free life.
Up to 60% of the body’s composition is water. Vital organs like the heart and brain are composed of about 70% water.
But what happens if we don’t have enough water in our bodies?
Dehydration can cause our brains to function poorly. Brain fog is a common symptom people live with every day and is described as the inability to focus on tasks. Inadequate hydration, oxidative stress, and toxins cause our blood vessels and organs to become inflamed. Over time this leads to chronic illness, like heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis.
Clearly, chronic dehydration can have many negative impacts on your health and wellness over time.
Do you have any of these symptoms of dehydration?
- Unquenchable thirst that causes you to drink more liquids than usual because your body recognizes the deficiency
- Dizziness or light-headedness that makes it difficult to concentrate on your work
- Headaches or migraines
- Sticky saliva, dry lips, mouth, or a racing heart rate
- Feeling tired
- Dry eyes with decreased tears commonly referred to as dry eye syndrome
- Urine is dark yellow or has a strong-smelling odor
It’s important to get help as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms. Dehydration can lead to severe health conditions like kidney failure, heart problems, and even death.
Have you considered IV hydration?
IV hydration is a great addition to your wellness routine. It enables your body to receive a much higher concentration of nutrients and electrolytes than drinking water and taking multivitamins. Having an IV infusion on days when you're tired or rundown is especially helpful for staying alert and focused.
But it’s still very important that you drink water every day and especially in the winter when people are at higher risk for dehydration. It’s recommended you drink half your body weight in ounces per day. I suggest getting a nice big water bottle that’s easy for you to use. Start your mornings by filling it up and having a nice big drink. Bring your water bottle with you wherever you go—in the car, office, or gym. Fill it up multiple times per day.