Hydration – a term used to indicate that a substance contain water
“Hydration is important because the body is comprised mostly of water, and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies really determines how most of our systems function, including nerves and muscles,” says Larry Kenney, PhD, a professor of physiology and kinesiology.
Drinking fluids serves a range of purposes in our bodies, such as removing waste through urine; controlling our body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and also maintaining a healthy metabolism.
The big questions is always, “How much water do we need to consume per day?”
The answer to that is quite simple – drink enough fluid so that you urinate every 2-4 hours, and that your urine is light in colour . If you go through a day that you went to the bathroom at 8am and only again at 4pm with a dark coloured urine, you know you have not been drinking enough fluids during the day.
Another guideline is to consume 30 – 35ml of fluid per kilogram bodyweight.
Water should always be your number one choice of hydration. It could be still or sparkling water if you feel like something different on some days. Also try and jazz your water up with some fresh fruit and vegetables eg. lemon slices, cucumber, mint and ginger is quite a nice combination, as well as orange slices.
You can also make your own ice tea with rooibos tea (or any other herbal tea) and a little fruit juice. I am not a fan of fruit juice as the sugar content is way to high, but if you use the dilution ratio of at least 3 parts rooibos tea and 1 part fruit juice you dilute the sugar in the juice quite a bit.
Sugar-laden cooldrinks should be avoided as far as possible!
Coffee is also not a “no no” as a lot of people think! If you stick to 3-4 cups of coffee per day there is little evidence of health risks and actually some evidence of health benefits.(I will go into coffee consumption a bit more in detail later on)
My conclusion with hydration is to make sure you consume the correct amount of fluid per day and to also make liquid choices that is natural and pure and not packed with sugar and chemicals!