Vacations are meant to be soothing, relaxing and enjoyable and the last thing you need to do is to worry about your health while you are away. Not consuming enough water can signal dehydration and that is not good news for anyone. Are you aware that by the time you register thirst you have already reached the point of dehydration? It is true, you have. Preventing dehydration should always be a top health priority for everybody, young and old. Let us take a closer look at why drinking plenty of water while on vacation (and at home) is so essential for everyone.
Avoid local water
It is not smart to drink local water when on vacation in a lot of areas of the world. Contamination and airborne viruses are terribly common and some places are not known for cleanliness or excellent hygiene practices. When in doubt always drink bottled water. Some places will post signs warning people not to drink the water and it might be to your benefit to speak to the local residents in order to find out about the water situation. If it is precarious at best, proceed with utmost caution. Often the tourist bureau in a given area can be a source of helpful information as well.
Sometimes there is nothing wrong with drinking the water in a particular city, town, or village however the water is likely to have a strange or unusual taste for visitors and therefore could cause stomach cramps, diarrhea or vomiting which is sure to put a damper on your otherwise pleasurable trip. Also the water may contain elements that your system is not accustomed to. For this reason it is strongly recommended that tourists steer clear of the water all together when away from home. In restaurants if you want water, ask for bottled water and not a glass of tap water for your own protection. When visiting an area that is unfamiliar to you, you can never be too careful.
Is water vital for our bodies to remain healthy?
Water accounts for a large percentage of what makes each of us human. The human body is composed of 60 to 70 percent of water. Water is the main component of blood, lymph, sweat, urine and digestive juices. Blood is approximately 83 percent water, bone is 22 percent water and the brain is tremendous 74 percent water. Consuming adequate amounts of water produces energy, regulates body temperature, builds new cells, lubricates joints and eliminates waste.
Adequate hydration is one of the easiest, most cost effective and most overlooked ways to stay healthy. Water is essential for life. We can survive without food for two months or more but we can only survive for a few days without drinking water. Water is an absolute necessity to living a healthy lifestyle.
Every day we lose water naturally from breathing, sweating and waste elimination. We also lose water as a result of exercise as well as environmental conditions such as heat and humidity. Water losses are greater during the summer months due to the fact that perspiration, which is used to cool our bodies, evaporates faster in a hot environment. As it evaporates, our bodies produce more perspiration, using up more and more of the water that is housed in our bodies. Once the water level in our bodies has become depleted, we become overheated because our bodies are no longer able to cool themselves, as they should. A serious lack of water causes blood pressure to elevate thus causing the heart to malfunction and leading the kidneys to shut down. This is a very dangerous condition that left untreated, can prove fatal.
When you participate in sporting events on a trip or even if you go hiking or spend a great deal of time out in the sunshine, you should bring along plenty of water with you and drink it frequently. You are likely to suffer sunstroke or tiredness quicker if you become dehydrated while outside for long periods of time. Remember that even if the water in your bottle is no longer cold, it is still wet and your body is not picky about that!
Drink as much water as possible for health!
Forget spending your money on expensive creams or exfoliating agents for your skin. Instead the best thing you can do for a clear, healthy, radiant complexion is to drink plenty of water. And that is just the beginning of its many health benefits. Let us look closer at the rich benefits of becoming and remaining a water drinker.
Water is imperative for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys and carries away waste from the body. Water also plays an important role in the process of digestion. Fiber requires water to aid in proper digestive function. The saying, you cannot have one without the other applies in this case. They need each other. Good fiber can actually go bad when not accompanied by water. Constipation and extreme stomach discomfort can result. It is believed that water when it is pure and free of contaminants is as close to a wonder drug as anything can be.
Keep yourself well hydrated at all times
It cannot be emphasized enough-you have already reached the point of dehydration by the time you feel thirsty. Blood becomes thicker when dehydration occurs and the body has to work harder to help it circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, the body becomes tired and it is harder to concentrate on any task.
Everyone has a personal hydration level and it is not the same for everyone. Your personal hydration level depends on many factors including height, weight, age and sex. In order to determine yours, try this formula. Divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of water per day. As an example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces of water (about two and a half quarts or 10 eight-ounce glasses) every day.
A look at the many benefits of drinking up on a regular basis
Drinking plenty of purified water has many benefits- it increases mental and physical performance; removes toxins and wastes from the body; improves energy; helps with weight loss; reduces headaches and dizziness; helps to keep alkaline levels balanced in the body and it leads to the contracting of fewer colds and the flu becomes less common. Drinking water will also help in other ways. The additional fluoride added to our supply of drinking water provides extra strength and density to bones and teeth. Drinking plenty of water cushions joints (as previously mentioned) and protects tissues and organs, including the spinal cord, from damage and shock.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, as water is a natural appetite suppressant. Fat cells become rubbery when the body is dehydrated and cannot be easily metabolized. What this means is that it is harder to lose weight when you do not drink enough water.
Water is healing and it has been found to be especially helpful for those people who suffer from kidney stones. Consuming at least eight glasses of water daily reduces the risk of stone formation as water dissolves calcium in the urine. Adequate hydration is also an effective way to prevent urinary tract infections in both sexes as water flushes impurities out of the system. Even a mild case of dehydration makes a person more susceptible to picking up viruses. Water helps the recovery process from illness and disease move more quickly.
When a body is well hydrated, drainage from allergies and colds does not stick and collect in the throat and lungs, and the cough is more productive in getting rid of the bad stuff. Surprising to some, even cold sores that appear on the lips are decreased by drinking water because the eruptions tend to favor dry areas on the body.
Remembering, or even getting into a habit of drinking enough water is not always an easy one to put into play but nor is the effort it takes to bounce back from even a mild case of dehydration. Coffee, tea and sodas containing caffeine are dehydrating so after consuming any of these drinks remember to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the diuretic effects.
As human beings we are naturally thirsty (in other words, dehydrated, there is that word again) when we first wake up in the morning. In order to assist the body in flushing out the toxins it has been processing while we slept, drink a decent sized glass of water first thing. Your body will thank you for it. Drink up and start reaping all the benefits that water brings. This goes for when you are at home, at work and away on vacation. Make drinking water as much a part of your daily routine as showering or brushing your teeth and before long it will become second nature to you.