Hydrating Right
Nipa Asharam

Nipa Asharam
29 June 2021

This article is authored by Nipa Asharam. Nipa is a full-time practising life coach and wellness coach under the brand 'Eat.Breathe.Smile'.




Human beings require water; it is one of the necessities they cannot live without. Water makes up 66 percent of the human body. Many body functions, such as temperature regulation and hydration, require water. Water lubricates joints and is essential for overall wellness. Aside from that, water has several vital health benefits for the body, including:


  1. Carrying out oxygen and nutrients to the cells in the body.
  2. Assisting in breathing process by providing moistening.
  3. Water helps in generating food energy.
  4. Functions as the primary component of blood in the body and assisting in carrying wastage out of the body.
  5. Aids the digestive system
  6. Assists in balancing blood pressure
  7. Safeguards tissues and organs of the body
  8. Conserve the electrolyte balance in the body.


Drinking water is a subject that has a lot of different statements and recommendations. Some say you should drink 8-10 glasses of water, while others say you should drink 15 glasses a day. But I'd like to call your attention to a different perspective here; I'd like to know and ask what your emphasis is while drinking water?  Is your attention solely on the drinking of a certain number of glasses of water, or is it also on the water's absorption in your body? Are you only concerned with drinking water and not with how well your body can absorb it?


Because drinking water alone isn't enough, it's crucial to understand how well your body is hydrated concerning the amount of water you consume. “ARE YOU WELL HYDRATED?” is the question at hand. And that is the proper concentration with which one should drink water, which most of us are unaware of and do not consider.


How to hydrate right?


Sweating, urinating, breathing, and other biological functions all cause the body to lose water or fluids in varying amounts and types. Hydration is the process of replenishing and repairing the body's fluid levels so that it does not become dehydrated. However, while the food and beverages we consume contain water, they stimulate greater urination, therefore the body should be hydrated primarily with water and water-based drinks such as (lemon tea, vegetable broth, herbal tea, juices, and, etc.)


So, how can you tell if you're well-hydrated? How do you know how much water your body needs and how to properly consume it? For all of these questions, I've come up with 5 super simple tips that will answer practically all of your questions about properly hydrating your body.


First tip: This tip will assist you in determining how many glasses of water you should drink per day. Believe me when I say that you don't need to connect to any website to learn about this; all you have to do is observe the color of your urine. It may sound a little gross, but that is how it is! The color of your urine determines how hydrated you are, so if it's white or transparent, you're good to go! You are properly hydrated and have been drinking plenty of water.


Continue to drink the same amount of water, but if the color changes to semi-yellow, you are dehydrated and should drink a bit more water than usual. Now, if the tone is dark yellow, it means you're highly dehydrated and need to drink enough water to rehydrate your body. Your body is an instrument that provides you signals and communicates all of your needs to you, including how much water you need to stay hydrated.


Second tip: Instead of drinking cold or room-temperature water, try drinking hot water. Our bodies are evolved to absorb hot water more effectively than cold water. You may even undertake a tiny experiment to see whether there is a difference in how your body absorbs water. When you drink hot water, you will notice a reduction in the number of times you need to go to the restroom compared to when you drink cold water, because our bodies absorb hot water very well and in large quantities. Hot water keeps your body hydrated in this way.


Third tip: Eat Water! You've probably heard of this expression, but let me explain it to you. Consuming foods high in water content, such as celery, cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, melon, and natural juices, falls under this category. Consumption of these foods aids in keeping your body hydrated. That is why I emphasize the need of drinking enough smoothies and spinach/watermelon/cucumber juice to keep the body hydrated and cool.


Fourth tip: Follow the ‘Half-Half Rule’! This is an excellent practical rule to follow where you should drink half a glass of water every half-hour, but remember that you shouldn't drink the water all at once and should instead sip it slowly and steadily. This will aid your body's ability to absorb water and keep you hydrated.


Fifth tip: I've always admired my dadi maa's nuskhas and have tried to include them in my everyday practice. Some of her home remedies, particularly the one for hydrating the body, have been beneficial to me. All you need is one tablespoon of chia seeds soaked in water overnight. Soak the chia seeds overnight, and in the morning, the glass will be completely puffed with seeds, as they will absorb all of the water. But the great thing is that they are now full of water, making them extremely useful to your body and assisting you in staying hydrated.


Benefits of drinking hot water


So, as you just read in my five simple suggestions to keep your body hydrated, I mentioned drinking hot water because our bodies have a strong desire to absorb hot water. Besides this one, hot water provides several health benefits for your body, which I will outline here for you. I hope you find them useful.


  • Because of its high absorption rate, it keeps the body hydrated.
  • Aids in the improvement of blood circulation and the proper functioning of the nervous system.
  • Water aids digestion and relieves constipation, making your gut feel better.
  • Reduces stress levels by soothing and calming your nerves.

  • It greatly aids in the relief of clogged noses in nasal congestion, the relief of throat pain in coughs, and the reduction of chills in colds.
  • Toxins are flushed from your body.
  • Weight loss and weight management are aided by hot water. Warm lemon water the first thing in the morning can help a lot.
  • It promotes sleep by relaxing the body and calming the nerves.



The Bottom Line


Water is extremely necessary and serves a variety of functions in the human body, but it's also crucial to understand how much water your body requires to stay hydrated. There are five easy ways to figure out how much water your body needs and what else you can do to keep it hydrated. Hot water is essential for hydrating the body and serves a variety of additional functions.





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