Our bodies are already made of about 60% water—but to keep them healthy, we have to replenish that fluid every day. Not getting an adequate amount of water doesn’t just make you thirsty, but it can also lead to a host of short- and long-term health issues that have major consequences. But on the flip side, drinking enough water will help you minimize the risk of chronic diseases and other issues to keep you happy, healthy, and hydrated.
Decreased Risk of Disease
Getting the recommended amount of water every day can help you lower your risk for some common health problems.
1. Lower Risk of Heart Disease & Diabetes
Heart disease and diabetes are among the leading causes of death among American adults. Proper hydration, however, has been linked to minimized risk of heart disease. It also helps maintain glucose levels, making it easier for diabetics to manage their blood sugar. Prioritizing hydration can help you combat both of these diseases at once and help keep your body in the best possible shape.
2. Decreased Occurrence Dementia
When you’re dehydrated, your brain has to work harder to hit peak performance. Without enough water, even normal tasks take longer and are harder to complete, and continual dehydration can lead to lower long-term cognitive performance. However, consuming adequate water every day helps keep your brain hydrated and functioning properly and lowers the risk of dementia. At HidrateSpark, our unique Hydration Equation develops a personalized hydration goal that suits your specific environmental and biological needs, including height, weight, elevation and activity level.
3. Longer Life Expectancy
In addition to helping prevent disease and decline, getting enough water also is proven to lead to a longer life expectancy. Based on research by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, adults who had higher fluid levels showed fewer signs of biological aging between ages 25 and 30. Study author Natalia Dmitrieva said, “The results suggest that proper hydration may slow down aging and prolong a disease-free life.”
Not only does drinking enough water help prevent diseases and potentially extend your lifespan, but it also helps improve bodily functions and create a healthier lifestyle overall.
1. Improved Digestion
Drinking enough water helps your body break down food, improving digestion and reducing bloating. It also helps your body absorb the nutrients from your meals, ensuring you have the necessary vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. When paired with a balanced, whole-food diet, drinking enough water can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve brain function, and aid with sleep.
2. Increased Athletic Performance
Water is important for everyone—but it’s especially important for those who regularly exercise. Rehydrating after intense workouts is a must to replenish any fluids lost through sweat—but hydrating before workouts can also help you amp up your performance. Drinking between 17 and 20 ounces of water a few hours before you exercise—or even just 8 ounces 30 minutes prior—can help you stay hydrated during and after your workout, while also helping you feel more focused and energized during your working out.
3. Lubricated Joints
If you suffer from knee, shoulder, hip, or other joint pain, there may be a fast and easy way to alleviate some of your symptoms: up your water intake. Many of your joints are filled with a liquid called synovial fluid—and this fluid is made up mainly of water. Ensuring you get enough to drink throughout the day will help to keep all of your joints lubricated and loose, preventing stiffness or soreness. Try drinking a full glass of water when you first wake up to replenish any fluid stores lost overnight and to help you feel more limber throughout the day.
Prioritize Your Health with HidrateSpark
If the decreased risk of disease and a healthier lifestyle aren’t motivation enough, you may need a little extra support to hit your hydration goals. HidrateSpark is a high-tech alternative to traditional water bottles that make it easier to hit your water goals for the day. Whether you prefer a tumbler or a flip-lid style, these bottles come in all shapes and sizes to suit your lifestyle. Each design has an accompanying app to help you track your water intake, and it will even light up to remind you when you’re due for a few sips. Hitting your water goals never seemed easier.