It is relatively and physically impossible to survive without an adequate supply of water for an extended period of time. The reason for this is because the human body is built with about 60 to 65% of water, depending on the age and sex of the individual. With such a high occupancy of water, it stands to reason that many, if not most, of our moving parts rely on fluid to keep them operational. Failure to keep your body properly hydrated will have disastrous effects in many areas and the final outcome will eventually lead to a dismal demise. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you keep yourself hydrated.
Rather than fall into the popular assumption that your body consists of a bottle full of water and a bunch of body parts floating around in it, consider the way moving parts generally function, then think of those same parts minus any oil or grease to keep them lubricated. Hydrating your body should not be done in a hurry, it is a process that needs to be carried out over time. Keep in mind that the water you consume has to make it to the intended destination and in most cases it requires assistance to get there.
There is a reason why your health care provider will advise you that you need to consume a certain quantity of H2o every day, but in some instances a higher quantity of water may be required. A very active lifestyle will generally translate to greater use of the fluids in the body and a higher demand for this important resource. Individuals who spend a lot of time working outdoors, or exercising at the gym will find that they require higher quantities of water to replenish and maintain a hydrated body.
Although the best option will always be to drink water in its purest form, it is possible to maintain an acceptable level of hydration through other sources. There are many fruits that can provide the body with a great deal of fluid with watermelon and cantaloupe being high on that list. The biggest mistake you can make is to assume that all fluids can provide you with the same level of hydration because they can't. Some fluids like alcohol, for instance might enter the body in a liquid form, however, it can also dry you out and have other less than desirable effects.
When your car gets ready to shut down, there are usually a few warning signs that are intended to give you the heads up that a problem is on the horizon. In the same way, the human body will show you that it is not properly lubricated and the signs will extend beyond just being thirsty. It has been suggested that by the time you feel the urge to double up on your fluids you may already be dehydrated. Weak muscles, dark color urine, lightheadedness and a dry mouth are major symptoms that your levels of hydration have been compromised.
The opinions vary as far as how much and in what form you should attempt to hydrate your body, but the fact that you will suffer consequences without proper levels of fluid will not be denied. Many people have experienced marked levels of nausea due to insufficient water, in fact, burning or trouble urinating is not uncommon if you lack enough water. In the end, the body relies on proper hydration to exist and failing to do this will only bring everything to a grinding halt.