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The importance of hydration

Hydration is an incredibly important part of nutrition. Water is essential for all the body’s processes to work, we would survive a good deal longer without food than without water.

Firstly, it enables the circulatory system to carry essential oxygen and nutrients to cells. Our kidneys need water to filter our waste products. Water helps to regulate body temperature and helps us to cool off via sweat when we are too hot. It helps the digestive system do its job. 75% of the brain’s mass is water, so alongside the bodily processes, hydration also plays a crucial role in regulating mood, productivity and concentration.

It promotes healthy skin, supports joint lubrication, and enhances cognitive function. Lastly, staying hydrated is vital for overall organ function and cellular health.

Hydration can support weight loss in several ways. Drinking water before meals can help you feel fuller, reducing the amount of food you consume. Plus, staying hydrated can boost metabolism and energy levels, potentially enhancing calorie burning during exercise. Also, sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger, so staying hydrated can help prevent unnecessary snacking.

We should aim to drink 1.5-2 litres of water daily, this is excluding what you lose in any exercise.

by Faye Zammit