The human body is roughly 75 percent water. Water is central to the entire metabolism. Water is found inside cells, within blood vessels, and between cells. In short, an optimum level of hydration i.e. presence of adequate water is an important factor. Thirst is a late indicator. By the time, you sense thirst, dehydration is already set in. Planned consumption of water throughout the day is important.
Symptoms of Dehydration:
- Muscle cramps
- Dry and cracked lips, dry nasal passage
- Weakness, confusion and hallucinations
- Mood changes and slow responses
- Dark urine
These are some of the ways to increase your water intake:
- Start the day with a glass of water
- Set reminders
- Keep a water bottle handy and at a place where you can easily reach.
- Avoid caffeinated and high sugar beverage, which lead to dehydration
- Drink water before, during and after exercise.
- Eat fruits and veggies which are high in water content
- Drink water at regular intervals instead of gulping it down at one time
- Have infusions or concoctions
- End the day with a glass of water
- Avoid spicy food