3 Reasons Why Water Isn't Enough To Keep You Hydrated

We have all heard about the importance of hydration, right? We’ve heard “make sure you drink water” over and over from our parents, teachers, coaches, doctors, etc. Why do we generally only look to water for hydration? Maybe a better question to ask is, why isn’t water enough to keep you hydrated? Here, we will answer these questions by exploring 3 reasons why water isn’t enough to keep you hydrated.

First, we must recognize how much of our bodies are made up of water. At birth, the body is approximately 75 to 80 percent water. As an adult, the average is a little less at 55 to 60 percent. Fluids in your body are both inside and outside of the cells. Approximately 40 percent of this fluid is inside, and 20 percent is outside. How does the body maintain this balance? Electrolytes are minerals such as magnesium, potassium, chloride, potassium and sodium. They take on an electric charge (become ions) when they are dissolved in your body. This charge then carries signals around the body which helps with many of the body’s vital functions. In this discussion, electrolytes are incredibly important, because they are responsible for the balance of fluid inside and outside of your cells.  That’s a lot of pressure for those electrolytes!!

3 reasons why water isn't enough to keep you hydrated

1. Water attaches itself to carbohydrates (glycogen) stored in the body. Approximately 2-3 grams of water are stored with every gram of carbohydrate. On a keto diet, your body is not holding on to water, because you are reducing carbohydrates. You will need to drink water, and drink it often. If you increase your water intake, you will want to increase your electrolyte consumption, too. Because your body is not holding as much water on a keto diet, electrolyte balance is crucial to keep your cells properly hydrated.

2. Have you ever mistaken thirst for hunger? Staying hydrated will help maintain appetite. Many times, we eat when we are really just thirsty. If you find yourself feeling hungry and it’s not quite mealtime, try drinking a glass of water. Perhaps your hunger signal is coming from an issue with your blood sugar. Less water in your body causes the sugar in your blood to be more concentrated and can cause more frequent urination. This then causes dehydration. Try consuming some electrolytes. Magnesium, particularly, can help regulate blood glucose levels.

3. Is dehydration the reason you’re always feeling like crap? It just may be! Proper hydration can impact many areas of the body. It’s likely that if you have ever been dehydrated you’ve gotten a headache, felt tired or nauseous, had a “foggy” brain or been in a bad mood. Drinking more water can rehydrate you and will help you feel better. Is that enough? Some of these symptoms could stem from your body not absorbing enough water or nutrients. Yes, it is possible that all the water you are drinking isn’t actually hydrating your cells. You might just be flushing the nutrients that your body needs out of your body. How can you stop this from happening? Electrolytes are necessary for your body to absorb water and nutrients, so you want to make sure you are getting enough into your body.

hydration and keto diet

As mentioned above, on a keto diet your body does not have all those carbohydrates to hold on to water. For this reason, you will be at risk of dehydration when you start with the keto diet so make sure you’re keeping up with your water intake including replenishing your electrolytes! Being consistent with your hydration is vital to not only success on the keto diet, but also to help support other bodily functions. You will probably hear from many people to drink lots of water on the keto diet. While this is indeed true, you will want to also increase your electrolyte consumption so that your body has what it the minerals necessary to stay hydrated.

electrolyte supplements

TOP NOTCH NUTRITION'S hydrate fruit punch

There are any electrolyte supplements on the market today. This can be a great way to increase your electrolyte intake. One note of caution: be careful of added sugars, artificial ingredients and high carbohydrate content. Regardless of your diet, you will want a product that is natural and clean so be sure to check the nutrition and ingredient labels.

Top Notch Hydrate is an electrolyte supplement that is naturally flavored and sweetened. It does not contain any sugar or carbohydrates. The ingredients include coconut water powder, Himalayan pink salt, L-Glutamine, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), vitamin C, and electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium). Top Notch Nutrition included many essential ingredients to create one of the best electrolyte supplements available while avoiding anything artificial!

electrolytes + water = hydration

It is important to make sure you are getting enough water to stay hydrated. The general recommendation is to consume half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds you should drink at least 70 ounces of water. You should consume more if you are active, have an illness that causes diarrhea, vomiting, etc., spend time in excessive heat, and/or have a physically demanding job. As you can see from the 3 reasons why water isn’t enough to keep you hydrated, water alone can’t do the job. Your body requires electrolytes to not only balance the fluid in the body but also to absorb nutrients that are essential for it to function properly. Everyone needs electrolytes and you can see here just how important they are to the hydration of our bodies. We definitely recommend that you use a high quality electrolyte supplement, like Top Notch Hydrate, daily!!  Your body will thank you!

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