The Importance of Hydration for Healing

Most people know that our bodies are made up of mainly water. We have always been told the importance of drinking an adequate amount of water. But why is it so crucial? Well, we know that it regulates our body temperature, keeps our joints lubricated, prevents infections, delivers nutrients to cells, and keeps our organs functioning properly. But did you also know that consuming an adequate amount of water is imperative for our body to heal and recover?
When you are dehydrated, your body will pull water from your muscles and skin in order to protect your organs. It is essential for people who are recovering from surgery or an injury to have proper hydration. Water also helps with muscle soreness and tension. It is recommended for adults to drink eight, 8oz. glasses of water per day.
Signs of dehydration can include:
• Excessive thirst
• Dry mouth
• Bad breath
• Headache
• Decreased urination
• Dry skin
• Dizziness/lightheaded
• Muscle cramps
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Hard and fast heartbeat
Here are some tips for drinking more water throughout the day:
• Set a reminder on your phone
• Carry a water bottle with you
• Consume more water rich foods (watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, skim milk, cucumber, lettuce, broths/soups, celery)
• Add flavor to your water