The medium where life emerges
The medium where life emerges
Benassal water… essential in all stages of life
The human being has a dependent relationship to water since it is the medium where the main functions for life are developed, such as: cellular metabolism reactions, exchange of nutrients, and excretion of waste from the body. What is more, when we consider the fact that our body is made up of 70% water, the importance of proper hydration is evident.
At Agua de Benassal we carry out different communication and awareness actions aimed at promoting the importance of water for the body, its effects in different stages of life, and how water deficit affects the body.
But, how much water does our body need?
Hydration needs are variable for different bodies and respond to various parameters that must be taken into account, such as: age, weight, physical activity or exposure to meteorological agents. However, we can consider, as a reference, that our body needs a daily water intake of 3% of our body weight.
What happens if we don’t meet the hydration needs of our body?
Different symptoms associated with the dehydration process begin to develop, such as dizziness, headache, redness of the skin, weakness, fatigue, dry mouth, and lack of appetite.
In contrast, the benefits of proper hydration are of great importance, as it helps us to: regulate body temperature, keep skin young and elastic, lubricate the joints and other organs of the body, facilitate the transport of nutrients to the cells, aid the digestive process, and promote the elimination of toxins.
Hydration Tips for Children
Offer fluids frequently throughout the day
Introduce foods that are rich in water such as fruits, jellies, popsicles, juices, smoothies, etc.
Make sure that access for self-consumption is easy.
Have hydrating drinks available during outdoor activities, such as the beach or the park, as well as when practicing sports.
Avoid sugary soft drinks.
For infants, provide breast-feeding on demand.
Hydration Tips for Adults
Drink between 2-3 liters of liquid, distributed during the different hours of the day.
Compensate for water loss through sweating during sports or work activity.
Avoid exposure to the sun in the hours of maximum heatbetween 12 and 4 pm. It is recommended to stay in the shade, in cool and ventilated places.
Reduce the intake of alcoholic beverages, as these contribute to dehydration.
Hydration Tips for Elder Adults
It is necessary to drink between 6-8 glasses of liquid a day and eat foods that are rich in water, such as fruits and vegetables.
Drink before you feel thirsty to avoid the effects of dehydration. Consider that older adults have a reduced sensation of thirst.
Concentrate fluid intake in the morning and afternoon to reduce it at the end of the day, which avoids nighttime urination.
Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration, such as dry skin and mucosa, decreased urination, constipation, weight loss, headaches, extreme fatigue, drowsiness, thirst, and concentration of urine.