New research suggests 75% of Americans are dehydrated.
Worst of all, to be diagnosed with dehydration, you have to be seriously dehydrated. This means that there's a good chance that more than 75% of people are functioning in dehydration.
Though It may seem benign enough, but dehydration can have consequences. Clearly, drinking water is important for the health of cells.
The health of your cells is important to the health of every tissue in your body. Think hair, skin, and every other tissue in the body.
In this article, we'll talk about why hydration is essential and how to stay hydrated.
The Importance of Hydration for Cell health
The importance of hydration is centered around cell health. Cells thrive on a healthy diet and an abundance of water.
In our cells, there is water both on the inside of the cell and the outside of the cell.
The water on the inside of the cell is called the cytoplasm, and one of its roles is giving shape to the cell. It also acts as the transport medium for nutrients in the cell.
The water on the outside of the cell is called the extracellular fluid. On the other hand, it transports cell waste and is important for detoxification.
Hence, without water, extracellular fluid can't remove cell waste and the cells shrink. So, if the cells shrink too much, they can't transport nutrients and they can collapse in on themselves. This can cause damage to the cell and prevent proper function.
For Skin and Hair
The key to beautiful, glowing skin and shiny hair without frizz is one thing:
Maintaining the moisture content of your skin helps keep skin cells functioning at their optimal capacity. Whereas, It allows them to effectively produce elastin and collagen, keeping skin plump and ageless.
Moisture is also essential for hair health. You know when you wake up with frizzy ends? That's because your hair is lacking moisture.
How to Stay Hydrated?
The key to proper body hydration is not just drinking more water.
Although you do need half of your body weight in ounces a day, you also need hydrating trace minerals.
Maintaining the water content inside and outside of cells requires a balance between mineral electrolytes.
These are some of the most important:
There's a fine balance between potassium and sodium. Too much potassium and the cell shrinks, too much sodium and the cell swells and can burst.
Calcium and magnesium are less important for hydration but play a key role in cell functions.
To boost hydration, you need to consume enough water and minerals.
Here are some mineral-rich foods:
- Potassium: Avocados, bananas, oranges, coconut water.
- Sodium: Himalayan pink salt and celery.
- Magnesium: Dark chocolate, nuts, and seeds, beans, legumes.
- Calcium: Sesame seeds, soy products, organic, grass-fed dairy products.
Hydration Is Essential for Health
Hydration is key for overall cell health. Healthy cells contribute to the overall health of your body.
Hydration is also important for skin and hair health. Moisture can promote glowing skin and shiny hair.
Interested in learning more about how lifestyle impacts the body? Check out this article.
- "Chronic Dehydration More Common Than You Think." CBS Miami, 2 Jul. 2013, https://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/chronic-dehydration-more-common-than-you-think/
- "Extracellular Fluid."ScienceDirect, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/extracellular-fluid
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