7 Important Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Hydration
1. Renal Health
Renal function refers to your kidneys, which are responsible for processing waste from your system. As any other organ, kidneys can come under stress when you’re not hydrated enough, especially when you think about the amount of food, protein, and supplements you’re asking them to process. Consuming enough water helps your kidneys function properly, processing the waste products within your body, which in turn helps reduce the toxins.
If you’re dehydrated, then your renal function will immediately suffer, potentially putting you at risk of causing kidney stones.
2. Blood Pressure
Dehydration can elevate your blood pressure in a matter of days, as your body begins to gradually shut down parts of the capillary network. As a result, there’s more pressure put on your more significant arteries, which is where the increase in blood pressure comes from dehydration.
You don’t need me to explain why experiencing an increase in blood pressure can be a negative thing—in this instance, one you could completely avoid with drinking more water.
I’m sure you’ve had workouts when you’ve felt very lethargic as a result of not drinking enough water. Going back to the point above about blood pressure, your capillary networks are not as freely open in a state of hydration, which means blood flow to the muscles will also suffer.
3. Fat Loss
Being hydrated means upping your overall water intake significantly, which in turn means your body is going to be producing more urine, which is a warm fluid. The energy required means that you’re burning more calories at rest just by drinking more.
Combine that with the fact that the cold water you’re drinking forces your body to constantly try to maintain its core temperature, which again gives a boost to thermogenesis.
It has often been said that the simplest way to burn fat is to drink more water. Increased water intake will also significantly improve your rate of satiety, which means cravings and overall hunger will occur less.
4. Muscle Volumization
Depending on your source of information, muscle is 70 to 80 percent water, which says something very important about the value of hydration when it comes to building muscle. When you consider things like cell swelling and the volumization of a muscle, this largely depends on having enough fluid present.
5. Fluid Retention
The ironic result of not drinking enough water is that you will appear more watery since your body holds on to sodium when dehydrated, which makes you hold more water subcutaneously. Having a constant flow of water into your body helps push through any water retention, and it also improves your sodium balance.
Nutrient transportation, assimilation, overall gut health, and even joint health all correlate to being hydrated. In a state of dehydration, your gut cannot process food correctly; therefore, it cannot assimilate the nutrients from that food as efficiently. This will affect your ability to recover and grow, as well as perform.
Being dehydrated can reduce overall performance in the gym by up to 20 percent. This is because your ability to transport nutrients, regenerate ATP, and flush the body of lactic acid is drastically reduced when you’re not hydrated correctly.
All of a sudden your workout becomes far more challenging than it should be, thus reducing your overall intensity, which naturally affects your results.