We all know that when we're happy we're healthy, so making conscious decisions that lead to a healthier lifestyle are the most important choices we make. One of the keys to becoming healthy and staying healthy is eating and drinking well, which is why we should eat at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. The most important component of all in our diet, however, is water, and if we don't drink enough it can have serious consequences. Here are some the effects of dehydration, along with some handy tips to ensure that you stay hydrated, happy and healthy.
The Signs Of Dehydration
Dehydration can creep up on us over the course of a few hours, so it's important to know the early warning signs, both in ourselves and others. One of the earliest danger signs is a feeling of dizziness, and this is often accompanied by rapid breathing and a fast pulse. Confusion can follow, and a further sign is that a dehydrated person can become irritable or angry. Dark urine, or difficulty in urinating is another sign. Finally, the person can feel as if they over-heating and they can faint. Severe dehydration can be extremely dangerous, and in some cases, it can even have fatal consequences, so anyone suffering from it should be given urgent medical attention.
The Importance Of Hydration For Our Skin
Staying hydrated helps us to avoid the symptoms and consequences outlined above, but it also brings a host of other advantages. When we're well hydrated, we feel more alert and can achieve more at work, home or school. Hydration is also important for our skin, as drinking lots of water can give our skin a healthy glow as well as helping to fight signs commonly associated with aging such as wrinkles, sunken eyes, and dry skin patches. When we look good, we feel good, so drinking extra water can bring positive effects to all aspects of your life.
How To Keep Hydrated
It's clear that staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do, but just how do we achieve that? Many scientists say adults should drink around two liters of water a day, and that equates to around eight individual eight-ounce glasses. It also helps to have a hydration plan – this article might help you draw one up. Experts recommend always carrying a reusable water bottle with you and using an app or one of the latest digital water bottles to direct you to a source of fresh drinking water. They also emphasize the importance of drinking water regularly throughout the day, even if you don't feel dehydrated, and of drinking to top your natural water levels up after visiting the toilet.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do, so drink plenty of water, and top up your hydration levels throughout the day. Whilst it's true that we become dehydrated quicker in hot weather, we should be aware of the importance of hydration all year round. With the right hydration practices in place, we can feel good and look great from January to December.