Fitness and Nutrition Diet: How to tell if your body needs hydration?

The previous article introduced the effect of water on muscle growth, so some netizens asked questions such as “when to replenish water?”, “how to replenish water efficiently?”, “how much water to replenish?” Part of the content, so the next two articles will share the three questions asked by the above netizens.

Drink when you are thirsty?

The role and importance of water are self-evident. A person who is hungry for two days will not be life-threatening, but if he does not drink water for two days, he may be in danger. But when to drink water, it seems Not many people have thought about it, including me, and I may have blurted out, like most people, “drink when you’re thirsty.”

In fact, when we feel thirsty, the body may already be very dehydrated, because our thirst perception is not particularly sensitive, and as we age, the sensitivity of this perception will gradually become weak, so it is recommended to drink water regularly on a daily basis, rather than drinking water after thirst.

To put it simply, you drink two sips when you have nothing to do every day, instead of waiting until you are very thirsty to pour water. If you have had the experience of drinking water regularly and suddenly drinking a lot of water, you should be able to feel:

When you suddenly drink a lot of water, it does not seem to quench your thirst, the only feeling is that there is a lot of water in your stomach;

When you drink water regularly throughout the day, it seems that you won’t feel thirsty throughout the day, and you won’t feel like your belly is full of water.

Determining body dehydration

Although regular drinking water is easy to say, it is not easy to do, because it is easy to forget to drink water when working. Is there a way to judge the lack of water in the body?

The pathological water shortage will not be discussed here. For example, after diarrhea, fever, vomiting and other symptoms, the water-salt balance in the body will be destroyed. At this time, it is necessary to replenish water in time.

In the absence of these symptoms, when you find that your urine becomes darker in color and smells heavier at the same time, it means that your body is dehydrated and needs to be hydrated.

The main reason is that when there is less water in your body, the substitute needs to control the excretion of water, and the kidney organ responsible for metabolism will concentrate the urine to reduce the water in it, so the urine will have a dark color and a strong taste. This also means that the work load of the kidneys has increased, so water needs to be replenished in time.