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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Under The Filipino Sun ~ An Expat's Need For Hydration..

Physiologically  western bodies will never be the same as our Asian counterparts.
 Paying special attention to a climate adjustment is a wise thing 
especially maintaining adequate hydration. 

Stay Slimmer With Water

For those of you battling with a bit of a weight problem , surprisingly , water can help.  Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full. This can actually help you loose weight. 
Replace calorie-filled beverages with water, and drink a glass before meals to help you feel fuller.
Drinking more water helps amp up metabolism - especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.

Water Boosts Your Energy

If you're feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired.
The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively.
And water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells

Lower Stress With Water

About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you're dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed.
If you're feeling thirsty, you're already a little dehydrated.
To keep stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or carry a sports bottle and sip regularly.

Build Muscle Tone With Water

Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body.
When you're well hydrated, you can engage in your daily activities easier because you will feel  stronger .

Nourish Your Skin

Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you're dehydrated. Water is nature's own beauty cream.
Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger.
It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, helping your skin glow.

Stay Regular With Water

Along with fiber, water is important for good digestion.
Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract.
If you're dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.
Water Reduces Kidney Stones
The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people -- including children -- aren't drinking enough water.
Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones.
Kidney stones can't form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water!

Dehydration and loss of  electrolytes

When you sweat your body loses both fluid and electrolytes. If you don’t stay properly hydrated, especially in a tropical climate like the Philippines .  Staying properly hydrated, particularly during periods of activity, is of particular importance.

Dehydration will impact your performance in several negative ways . Perhaps you’ve even experienced extreme consequences such as muscle cramps and fatigue dizziness etc. But even if you don’t feel a difference, as little as 2% dehydration can result in a decrease in performance, even if it is only light gardening. 

Remember that the sun in the Philippines is very strong which means that expats from cooler climates will tend to sweat more and become dehydrated faster than normal. Thirst is the #1 indicator that you may be dehydrated so be sure that you drink especially when you are thirsty..

Good ways to replenish electrolytes are via quality sports drinks which will help to replenish your mineral losses; but electrolytes also help make the most of your water, which is the key to proper hydration. Sports drinks high in sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium can help retain fluids, and proper fluid balance contributes to an optimal, healthy state of hydration.

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