Now that the winter is almost over and the warmth of spring and the heat of the summer loom over us, we feel here at Sufrati.com that it is our social duty to inform you to STAY HYDRATED!
Why Drink Water and Plenty of Fluids
· 75% of the body is made up of water
· 80% of the brain is made up of water
· 75% of the muscles are made up of water
· 92% of the blood is made up of water
· There is a 10% decrease in the mental activity when one feels thirsty
· Drinking more water helps reduce obesity
Ensuring proper hydration is important for many reasons. Firstly, water maintains the temperature of the body, so people with less water content end up with a higher body temperature which is harmful as it reduces attention due to overheating. Also, dehydration may result in the shutting down of major organs due to extreme temperatures - though for this to happen, one would literally have to go without drinking for days (please don’t try it.)
Water also helps to keep the joints lubricated. So people suffering from lack of water feel their arms and legs going stiff, and are painful to move since it seems like bone is scraping against bone. People who routinely exercise should be even more careful and drink plenty of water, at least 8oz every twenty minutes to ensure that the muscles and the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs) have adequate oxygen supply. Otherwise the person feels strained and the probability of heat injury is greatly increased.
Finally, water also delivers nutrients to the body. Without these nutrients the person begins to lose energy and the overall health declines. The person always feels tired and out of breadth. As a result it is very important that the person stop all physical exercise or activity and begin to drink plenty of water to replenish the body.
Symptoms of Dehydration
In hot countries like Saudi Arabia it is important to remain alert to the signs of heat illness. Nausea, headaches, dizziness, and a stoppage of perspiration are all indications of heat injury.
How Isotonic Drinks Help
In truth an isotonic drink is essentially just water and glucose (sugar) with some added vitamins and minerals. When a person exercises, many of the minerals contained in the body are either burnt up or excreted through perspiration. Isotonic drinks help replenish lost minerals as well as topping up energy levels. The glucose provides one with an energy boost and any vitamins or minerals are obviously always welcome.
So there people drink plenty of water and beat the heat!