Drinking More Water Can Give You More Energy
Fatigue is not simply a matter of feeling tired. Many people suffering from fatigue find that their work days are shorter and enjoyment of activities is compromised as they lack the energy for anything. Most people have experienced periods of fatigue in their life, but if you are suffering from chronic feelings of fatigue, drinking more water could be the key to more energy.
How Water Could Boost Energy
If you are suffering from fatigue, you may be unaware that it is actually a result of not drinking enough. In these fast-paced modern times where many people need several cups of coffee to get going in the morning, and sugary soft drinks to maintain focus throughout the day, the body is simply crying out for hydration. Feeling thirsty is not a reliable indicator of needing to drink, as it can actually be a symptom of dehydration. Other symptoms include lack of concentration, headaches, poor digestion, muscle pains and skin rashes. These are all symptoms you may associate with feeling under the weather and fatigued. Fortunately, hydrating with good quality water can provide an immediate boost in energy, as the cells in the body are revived, receiving vital oxygen from the blood.
According to research conducted at the University of Connecticut, even mild dehydration can have an effect on energy level, mood and ability to clearly think. The reason for this is that almost every bodily function requires fluid. The body is approximately 60 percent water and this vital fluid is required for processes such as replacing blood volume and hydrating brain cells. Failing to properly hydrate can have a detrimental effect throughout the body including making the heart work harder to pump blood to all the cells, tissues and muscles, delivering nutrients and oxygen. By drinking enough water, you can experience external benefits such as clearer skin and benefit from plenty of energy as you feel fitter and healthier.
How Much Water Is Enough?
There are a number of different opinions on how much water is needed to be properly hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board, it is recommended that women consume 91 ounces and men consume 125 ounces of fluid each day. 80 percent of this fluid should be consumed through drinks while 20 percent is obtained through foods. Unfortunately, there is no simple calculation to determine whether this amount is sufficient for you. The amount of water you need each day depends on a number of factors including your activity levels, your climate and whether you have any medical conditions such as diabetes. Fortunately, there is a simple and easy way to determine if you have drunk enough water; the color of your urine. If you are sufficiently hydrated your urine will be a clear and a light yellow. If your urine is a darker color, then your body is telling you that you need to drink more water.
Another consideration of your water intake is that you drink good quality water. Many soft drinks and beverages such as coffee or tea contain caffeine, which is a diuretic, compromising your hydration. Fortunately, water contains no caffeine, sugar or other stimulants, making it the best choice to stay hydrated. With a wide range of domestic water treatment devices, there is no need to spend a fortune on expensive bottled water, as you can enjoy high quality water every day.
About The Author:
Greg Scott is President of Valparaiso based Miracle/EcoWater Systems, the premier water conditioning company in Northwest Indiana serving the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County areas. A 3rd generation water treatment professional, Greg grew up in the family owned business started by his grandfather in the late fifties. He has made water treatment his life and under his direction and high-standards, the company’s water treatment experience, knowledge, and products are unrivaled in region.