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Dehydration and Its Effect on Body

Dehydration is a condition that occurs if there isn’t enough water in the body.  The body’s system is unable to function properly without water and can experience severe, moderate, or mild dehydration, depending on how much water has been lost.

Dehydration can occur for a number of reasons other than not drinking enough water. 

Water loss generally occurs in the body from sweating, peeing, breathing, tears and saliva. 

Here are some common ways water can be lost excessively from the body:

  • Frequent urination- This can be for a lot of reasons like taking diuretics, blood pressure   medications, alcohol, antipsychotics, antihistamines, and diabetes)
  •  Fever
  • Diarrhea- The small intestines usually absorb water. When it can’t, you pass it out in your stool and become dehydrated because the water was unable to be absorbed. 
  • Excessive sweating

In such cases, you may be unable to rehydrate yourself because:

  • You may not feel thirsty.
  • You’re caught up in a lot and forget to drink enough water.
  • You are not consuming enough water-based foods like soups, fruits, and some vegetables.  
  • You are sick or have a sore throat and you do not want to drink water.

skin dryness

Early Warning Signs of Dehydration

As with anything else, there are usually noticeable signs to help you recognize dehydration so that you can do something about it.  These signs include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness
  • Dark-colored urine with a strong smell
  • Thirst
  • Lightheadedness
  • Passing urine less

Related: What Do Your Hydration Levels Really Say About Your Body? – Here’s How To Track Them With Vivoo

What are the Risk Factors of Dehydration?

Anyone can be dehydrated, but the risk can be much higher in some than in others. The following is a list of people with a higher chance for dehydration:

People with Illnesses

Both severe illnesses and simple illnesses, like having a sore throat or a cold, can make eating or drinking tough and increase the risk of dehydration.  For instance, people with diabetes and kidney disease often have to take diuretic medications which make them pee a lot.  People who are dealing with diarrhea, vomiting, and fever are also at risk because of the significant fluid loss and other symptoms which can prevent rehydration.

Older Adults

Older adults may not always realize they’re thirsty, or they may not feel thirsty as often because of the changes that take place in the brain.  Even when they do, it may not be as easy as before to get themselves a drink.  Illnesses also need to be considered, as they can reduce fluid intake.  These are all common risk factors for the development of dehydration in older adults. 

Active Individuals

Being active outdoors, especially in hot and humid conditions, is a risk factor.  The body temperature increases, leading to increased sweating, which leads to loss of water.  Athletes and individuals who exercise often go through rigorous activities that cause a lot of fluid loss.

How Does Dehydration Affect the Body?

water function in body dehydration

Water is required to flush toxins, protect organs, transport oxygen and nutrients to cells, and so much more.  So, if the amount of water accessed by the body is limited, it has a huge effect on the body’s ability to function properly.  Let’s talk about how dehydration affects the various functions of the body:

 

Brain and Mental Function

The human brain is made up of about 75% water.  When dehydration occurs, circulation slows, leading to the transportation of less oxygen to the body, including the brain.  Less water in the brain can impair cognitive functions at mild levels,  and it can lead to unconsciousness, delirium, and coma in extreme conditions. 

Cardiovascular Function

The heart is responsible for transporting blood to all parts and organs of the body.  Water is the primary component of blood, ensuring that the blood stays thin enough to be easily moved through the body’s system.  Dehydration thickens the blood which causes the blood flow to slow down, forcing the heart to work harder.  In turn, the heart rate can increase and lead to irregular palpitations.

When the blood gets thicker, the blood vessels get constricted, and this may lead to high blood pressure and hypertension.

Digestive/Bowel Function

Constipation is commonly caused by dehydration.  As food travels through to the colon or large intestine, the large intestine may soak up all the water and cause the stool to become hard and difficult to pass.

Physical Function/Energy

exercise

Physical performance can also suffer because of dehydration.  When the water levels in the body drop, the body’s temperature control is altered, physical motivation drops, and fatigue intensifies. Hydration should be the top priority if you exercise regularly. 

Weight

If there are low amounts of water in the body, the body slows down metabolic processes to preserve energy.  If this happens, there can be digestion problems, lethargy, and weight gain.

Other effects of dehydration include joint swelling, kidney stones, brittle hair, muscle cramps, migraines, dry skin, and so much more.

Preventing Dehydration

There are many ways to prevent dehydration.  Here are some good examples:

  • Drink enough water throughout the day even if you are not thirsty, or as advised by your health care professional.
  • Eat fruits, vegetables, and other foods that contain high amounts of water.
  •  Limit alcohol intake.
  • Limit the intake of teas, soft drinks, and coffee.  Drink more fruit juices, broth, milk, and sports drinks.
  • Whenever you have a fever, you’re exercising, or temperatures are high, drink more fluids.
  • Try to not skip meals, as this is where the body can source fluid.

How much water is recommended?

According to health experts, two liters of water is enough per day.  However, different factors determine the fluid needs of each individual.  It is recommended that the amount of water needed is:

  • 11.5 cups/ day for women (2.5 Liters)
  • 15.5 cups/ day for men (3.7 Liters)

You will need to consume more water if:

  • You live in hot, dry, humid, or high-altitude areas
  • It is a season of higher temperatures
  • You take a lot of caffeinated beverages or highly spicy, salty, or sugary foods.
  • You spend more time outdoors than indoors
  • You are very active or carry out physically intensive activities like exercising
  • You have a fever, an infection, diarrhea, you’re vomiting, or you have a health condition like diabetes or kidney disease
  • You’re pregnant or breastfeeding

Nutrition Tips

 Some foods that contain high water content include:

  • Broths and soups (92% water content)
  • Zucchini (94% water content)
  • Lettuce (96% water content)
  • Cucumber (95% water content)
  • Watermelon (92% water content)
  • Cantaloupe (90% water content)
  • Oranges/citrus fruits (88% water content)

What Do Your Hydration Levels Really Say About Your Body? – Here’s How To Track Them With Vivoo

There are two essential elements necessary for the survival of all living things: oxygen and water. In this respect, water can be defined as a critical element that ensures biological life maintenance.

In the body, water intake and excretion are carried out in a certain balance. The amount of water consumed daily should protect the fluid volume in the body. To preserve the body’s fluid volume, daily fluid intake should be equal to daily fluid loss. Deterioration of this primary fluid balance will cause disorders to occur. Consuming a sufficient amount of water for the body allows most of the body’s trace elements to be met.  When this happens, the results are reflected through the beauty of the skin and the strengthening of the immune system. The risk of developing colds, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and bladder cancer is reduced with adequate water intake.

In order not to encounter serious situations and to avoid diseases, plenty of water should be consumed. The amount of water consumed is responsible for the overall health of the body.  The state of the body’s water level is easily learned with specific tests. According to the results, it is now easier to take precautions.

What is urine specific gravity test?

The urine specific gravity test compares urine density to water density. This can help determine your hydration level and how well your kidneys are diluting the urine. 

What is the urine specific gravity used for?

The main reason we use urine specific gravity is to assess hydration levels. When we combine the specific gravity with our other parameters, it gives information about your organ functions such as the kidneys’ wellness.

What are the possible results?

First, you need to know that water’s specific gravity is 1000.  Since urine contains different waste products filtered by the kidneys, we expect the urine specific gravity to be higher than 1000. The urine specific gravity can range from 1005 to 1035. A value close to 1000 indicates that you drink too much water and are overhydrated, and a value of more than 1020 indicates that you aren’t drinking not enough water and are dehydrated.

glass of water

Dehydration

Dehydration is a biological event that occurs when someone uses or loses more fluid than they take in. As a result, there is not enough water and fluid in the body to perform routine functions. Approximately 65% of the human body is made up of water. It loses an average of 2.5-3 liters of water per day. When the lost fluids are not replaced, there will be dehydration. In addition to water loss, minerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium that regulate the body’s electrolyte balance are also thrown out.

Symptoms

Mild signs of dehydration are the sensation of thirst, muscle cramps, headache, dryness, and coldness of the skin, decreased urination and dark yellow urine, dry and sticky mouth.

Severe dehydration signs are difficult with urinating, urine that is very dark yellow or amber, dry and wrinkled skin, confusion, loss of consciousness, increased heart rate and breathing, dizziness, squinting in eyes, and low blood pressure, especially when standing up.

Causes 

Dehydration can occur due to simple reasons such as forgetting to drink water, not having enough water on hand, not being able to consume enough while traveling, and other reasons as summarized below.

Sudden onset of severe diarrhea and accompanying vomiting, which is common especially in infants and children, high fever caused by infection or heat stroke, excessive sweating due to excessive exercise or high temperature, excessive urination due to chronic diseases such as diabetes, diseases that cause the kidneys to lose their water retention, diuretics, blood pressure, and antihistaminic drugs, alcohol consumption, endurance sports such as marathon running, climbing, triathlon. 

Health risks

Loss of fluid can lead to dehydration.  Signs of dehydration are:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreasing in physical performance
  • Decreasing in mental performance
  • Impaired cognitive function
  • Decreasing in stamina
  • Constipation
  • Having higher than normal heart rate
  • Headache
  • Migraine attacks

Remedies

The most effective method to remedy dehydration is to replace lost fluids and lost electrolytes. The best approach to dehydration depends on age, severity, and cause of dehydration. In general, increasing water consumption is the most appropriate solution in mild and moderate dehydration. Fluids containing electrolytes may also be preferred when fluids are lost due to excessive exercise. For severe dehydration, it is crucial to take the patient to the nearest medical center.

For mild to moderate dehydration due to diarrhea, vomiting, or fever, drinking more water or other liquids can improve conditions.

Coldwater is the best option for working or exercising outside in hot or humid weather. Sports drinks that contain electrolytes and carbohydrate solutions can also help. Cases of severe dehydration can recover faster with the help of intravenous salt and water solutions (saline).

Optimal Hydration

Benefits of staying hydrated

Hydration: It keeps the water and electrolyte levels required for the body at a certain level to increase efficiency. Water lost during daily activities must be returned to the body.  Otherwise, a dangerous situation will occur.  Hydration, which plays a role in everything from mental focus to joint health, means the water leaving and entering the body is in balance.  Reaching maximum efficiency in daily life can only be achieved through hydration.

Does enough water help prevent health problems?

Water is essential for life and is considered to be a nutrient. Water and other beverages play a role in the digestion, absorption, and transportation of our food to the cells, the formation of biochemical reactions necessary for life and health, the functioning of cells, tissues, organs, and systems, transport and disposal of dangerous substances resulting from metabolism, control of body temperature and lubrication of joints. In addition to all of these, it also provides essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and fluorine. Herein, the fulfillment of body functions is possible by maintaining the water balance called “hydration”.

How much water do we really need?

Daily water needs vary from person to person. Age, weight, health status, medications are taken, exercise and environmental factors make a difference in daily water consumption.  Studies underline that an adult woman should drink 2.7 liters per day and a man 3.7 liters per day.  However, it should not be forgotten that foods with a high amount of water, such as watermelon and cucumber, are great sources of water and you can also eat your water!

How do I know if I’m drinking enough?

 If enough water is not taken into the body for a few days, certain symptoms appear in the body.  These symptoms are dry mouth, dry skin, dry eyes, joint pain, prolonged illness, fatigue, frequent hunger, and various digestive problems.

Overhydration

Drinking too much water can be dangerous to health, and this phenomenon is called overhydration. Overhydration can lead to water poisoning. It occurs when the amount of salt and other electrolytes in the body becomes too dilute. Hyponatremia is a condition in which sodium (salt) levels are dangerously low. It is the primary concern of overhydration.

There are two main types of overhydration. The first is “Increased water intake”, which occurs when more water is drunk than the kidneys can excrete in the urine. It can cause too much water to pool in the bloodstream. The second event is called Water Retention, and this event occurs due to the body not being able to get rid of water properly. Some medical conditions can also cause excessive water retention in the body. Both of these are dangerous. The reason is that the balance between water and sodium in the blood is neglected.

Symptoms

The most common symptom of overhydration is a headache. Feelings of nervousness and confusion are also related to overhydration.  The most severe symptoms of overhydration are double vision, difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure, and numbness.  In addition to these symptoms, nausea, vomiting, body swelling, and muscle spasms can also be seen.

Causes

Overhydration is the imbalance of fluids.  It happens when the body takes in more fluid than the kidneys can extract or retain excess fluid.  Drinking too much water or not having a way to remove it can cause water levels to rise.  Water needs vary according to age, gender, weather, activity level, and general dependency.  Common conditions such as extreme heat, strenuous activity, long duration of the activity, and febrile illness require higher than average fluid intake.  In a healthy person, urine is an indicator of an overhydration state. 

Healthy Risks

Some medications and health conditions can cause your body to over hydrate by holding more fluid; the following are some examples:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

Other conditions and medications can make you dehydrated, causing increased water intake. These include:

  • Diuretics
  • Dry mouth

How is it improved?

The type of treatment for overhydration is determined by how severe the symptoms are and what caused the condition. Treatments can include:

  • Reducing fluid intake,
  • Stopping the medications that cause the problem,
  • Changing sodium intake habits in severe cases.

Why use Vivoo?

It is unique that Vivoo informs us about our body’s water level by giving us feedback in a straightforward and fast way.  You sometimes forget to fulfill your most basic needs due to the intensity, workload, and responsibilities in your daily lives.  Using Vivoo, you can learn about your body’s hydration level, learn the precautions you will take according to the situation you are in, and learn how far these situations have progressed by taking a very simple test.

Related: Vivoo Water Box

vivoo hydration parameter 

How Vivoo keep us on track?

 Vivoo helps us learn the hydration level of our body by measuring specific gravity thanks to the strip tests it contains.  According to these test results, it gives specific advice to us and maximizes our body health.  Vivoo not only tells the test results but also offers us nutritional advice according to the hydration state of our body. Thanks to these suggestions, the hydration level can always be followed regularly.

What affects water consumption?

The total amount of water to be consumed can be changed by taking into account daily activities, the climate, health conditions, and pregnancy.

If exercising or engaging in any activity that causes sweating, extra water consumption is needed to compensate for the lost fluid.

Hot or humid weather can cause sweating and require additional fluid consumption.  Besides, the heated air in closed areas in winter can cause the skin to lose moisture.

In the presence of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, the body loses extra water.  In these cases, more water should be drunk.  Also, if certain conditions such as a bladder infection or urinary tract stones develop, more water consumption may be needed.  On the other hand, several conditions such as heart failure, certain kidney, liver, or adrenal gland diseases may impair water excretion.  Even these such situations may require a limitation of the amount of water taken into the body.

People who are pregnant or breastfeeding need to drink extra water to stay hydrated.  Large amounts of water should be taken, especially during breastfeeding.

cucumber for hydration

Is water the only option for staying hydrated?

One of the easiest ways to get the body hydrated is to drink plenty of water.  However, some vegetables and fruits can be consumed to maintain the body’s water balance. These are: 

Cucumber: Cucumber contains 95% water in its content.  Therefore, it is a beneficial vegetable in terms of replacing the liquid lost in the summer heat. 

Tomato: Tomato saves cells from dehydration with nearly 95% water content. 

Watermelon: The water content of watermelon is 92%.  Besides, it contains beta-carotene, lycopene, and vitamin C. 

Yogurt: Yoghurt includes 80% water.  It is also an intestinal regulator with beneficial bacteria. 

Strawberry: Strawberry, which is very rich in vitamin C, is made up of more than 90% water.  It prevents cardiovascular diseases and helps fight infections.

 In addition to drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables can keep the body hydrated.

How Much of Your Body is Water? 

Without question, water is the number one essential need to survive. Nearly 60% of your body is water, and this amount ranges from 45% to 75%, depending on your physiological properties and daily habits. Although this water is not stable, it is lost and gained many times throughout the day. During this dynamic cycle, water is lost during urination and sweating and regained by your daily liquid and food consumption. In order to maintain the balance, there is a certain amount of water you should drink every day.

Water in Our Bodies

In the body, 73% of the brain and heart, 83% of lungs, 64% of skin, 31% of bones, and 79% of muscles and kidneys are composed of water. For these organs to survive, the water amount should remain in balance, but how much water do you have in your body? This number varies according to age, gender, environment, and body mass. The lean mass has more water than fat tissues, which is why the water percentage in your body changes related to your lean tissue mass and gender. Also, the climate that you live in determines your water loss by evaporation, so the environment is another factor that changes your water consumption. The average adult man is 60% water, with woman at 55% water, due to their differences in natural fatty tissue amounts. Infants are 75% and children are 65% water. They lose some of it as they grow up.

Water in Your Body

In order to keep homeostasis of the body, water intake and water loss should be balanced. Water in your body is primarily obtained from the digestive tract and lost by excretion in urine. Other than these two major mechanisms, sweating evaporates water from the skin, and lungs breathe out some water during respiration. Also, cases such as vomiting and diarrhea can cause a big reduction in the water in your body. 

Water in your body also contains mineral salts, like potassium and sodium, and the water and electrolyte balance work together. When you eat salty food, sodium levels elevate and your body makes you thirsty, causing you to drink water to balance your electrolytes and water, and vice versa. When water is high and sodium is low, kidneys release more water into the urine, excreting the excess water to keep the balance. 

Things Water Does in Your Body

  • A building material and key nutrient of cells
  • Metabolizes and transports carbohydrates and proteins
  • Balances internal body temperature by respiration and sweating
  • Excretes waste materials via urine
  • Lubricates joints and supports their movement
  • Forms saliva and mucus to keep mouth, eyes, and nose moist
  • Enhances skin health

How Much of Your Body is Water? 

  • Supports bowel movements
  • Balances blood pressure
  • Absorbs shock to protect the brain, spinal cord, organs, and fetus
  • Dissolves minerals, some nutrients, and soluble vitamins
  • Works as a transporter and carries nutrients and oxygen to cells 

Vivoo’s Water box is designed to assess the user’s hydration status and give comprehensible insights. It shows how hydrated you are and gives suggestions about:

  • How much water your body needs daily.
  • How to reach the optimal hydrated state if you are either dehydrated or overhydrated.
  • What you can do to stay hydrated
  • How to maintain your body’s electrolyte balance

How much water should you drink? 

You lose water during your daily routine while urinating, breathing, and sweating. You should take in the same amount (or more) of water to sustain the balance. When the water in your body goes down too much due to these body functions, your body is dehydrated. When you lose 2% of the water in your body, you feel thirsty, and this causes some reduction in performance.

How Much of Your Body is Water? 

It may lead to a foggy mind, difficulty concentrating, mood changes, constipation, or kidneys stones. Try to drink water before you feel thirsty, and make it a habit to drink water regularly. On average, suggested water consumption for adult men is 3.7 liters and for adult women is 2.7 liters. However, if you exercise regularly, have high lean tissue, and live in a dry hot environment, you should drink more water than average. Good news, though. You don’t just get water from liquids. The food you consume also has water, especially fruits and vegetables, supplying some of the water your body needs.

Signs of Dehydration

When the amount of water in your body drops below a certain point, the body signals you to drink water. You feel thirsty after you are active, or during hot and dry weather, because your body loses water by sweating. Actually, your body is dehydrated even before you feel thirsty. Some symptoms of dehydration are:

  • Feeling tired
  • Urinating less frequently than normal and having orange or darker urine
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion 

In order to prevent these symptoms, you should make a daily habit of drinking water. Start this habit by drinking water after you wake up, before meals, and before sleep.

How Much of Your Body is Water? 

Benefits of Drinking Water

After you increase your water intake, you’ll recognize some changes in your body that might include:

  • Losing weight easier and increased metabolism
  • You will feel more energetic and your physical performance will elevate
  • Brain gets more oxygen and brain functions to improve, you concentrate easier
  • Wrinkle and acne formation slows down
  • Reduces the chance of injuries and cramps
  • Bowel movement becomes more regular

Water in Your Body

Tips to Increase the Water in Your Body

  • Carry a water bottle with you and keep it in your sight.
  • Keep track of your water consumption by apps or labeled bottles, and set daily water intake goals.
  • Set reminders on your smartphone or agenda.
  • Drink different fluids, such as tea, milk, unsweetened juices, or smoothies.
  • Include soup in your weekly meal plan. 
  • Avoid sugary drinks, such as soda, alcohol, and sweetened juices.
  • Add lemon, lime, cinnamon or fresh fruits to your water for a different taste.
  • Consume foods that have high water content such as spinach, watermelon, cucumber, green pepper, celery, radish, berries, and cauliflower.

 

Related: What is Vivoo Water Box?

 

National Hydration Day | June 23  

Aiming to raise awareness of hydration, June 23rd is National Hydration Day in the United States. Our body needs water to survive, especially during summer. The water you take in regulates your body temperature, bowel movements, and enhances skin health. When your body lacks and needs water, you are dehydrated. It can lead to kidney stones, fatigue, and skin and gut health problems. Sustaining the water in your body is vital, which is why you should consume plenty of water, especially on hot days. On this National Hydration Day, let’s understand the importance of water and hydration for our body and change our habits in a healthy way.

Hydration is one of the most important processes for your body to function. Cells, tissues, organs, and systems all need water to work properly. Hydration of the body primarily occurs by drinking water. Other ways you can hydrate your body are by drinking liquids and eating foods with high water content. The water you consume throughout the day carries nutrients to cells and clears toxic material and metabolic waste from cells.  As you take in water, some of it is lost by sweating or excretion, and your body balances the water in you.

Sportive Woman Drinking Water to Hydrate Her Body

Importance of Hydration

Water regulates essential functions in your body, and hydration helps to:

-Balance body temperature

-Lubricate joints

-Reduce the risk of infections

-Increase sleep quality

-Excrete toxins out of the body

-Have better brain function

-Enhance healthy skin

-Absorb more nutrients

-Make you energetic

-Speed up weight loss and toxin removal

Daily Needs for Adults

Nearly 60% of our body consists of water, and it’s very important to sustain this level. The Food and Nutrition Board recommends women drink 91 ounces and men drink 125 ounces of water on average. There are many other factors that affect your water consumption, such as body mass, age, the climate you live in, and physical activity. Generally, it is best to listen to your body, but you can use some calculations to see the precise amount you need for your body and activity level. 

National Hydration Day | June 23  

How to Calculate Your Daily Hydration 

There are several factors (like age, body weight, and activity levels) used to calculate your optimal daily water consumption. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Divide your weight (in pounds) by 2.2- that’s your weight in kilos.

2. According to your age, multiply this number by:

      40- If you are younger than 30

      35- If you are between 30-55 

      30- If you are older than 55

3. Divide this number by 28.3

That number is how many ounces of water you need to drink. You can also divide this number by 33.8 to see your optimal water intake in liters.

National Hydration Day | June 23  

When you exercise, your body needs more water than your daily amount because you lose more water when you sweat. It’s advised to drink an additional 12 ounces for every 30 minutes you exercise:

  1. Divide your exercise minutes by 30.
  2. Multiply by 12. That’s the additional water you need to drink in ounces.
  3. Add this number to your previous daily consumption in ounces.

National Hydration Day can be a guide for you to see your precise water needs allowing you to adjust your water consumption.

Water’s Effect on Metabolism

Hydration and metabolism are the two essential processes for our health. We all know that increasing our hydration will help us to become healthier and lose weight easier, but how does it happen? Metabolism is the overall term for the chemical reactions in our bodies that keep us alive, and this system needs water to function. When you become dehydrated, your body can’t create or burn energy, and metabolism slows down. When you hydrate your body, glucose transport restores and insulin sensitivity increases. The good news is that these factors, overall, enhance weight loss. 

How much of your body is water?

Some research showed that drinking 0.5L of water (approximately 17 oz) increases metabolic rate by 30% for a period of time. The elevation starts in 10 minutes and peaks after 30 minutes. Approximately 100 kj energy is used in order to heat the water you drink from room temperature to body temperature. 

Learn Your Hydration Level by Vivoo

Vivoo knows the importance of water for your body, which is why it gives insight on yourhydration level. The body’s water balance shows the difference between water loss and intake based on urine specific gravity. Your kidneys are responsible for water balance. They can produce more or less urine according to your hydration level. Vivoo determines your hydration level based on the concentration of the urine. You can change your daily habits to optimize your water intake. On National Hydration Day, if you want to give a gift to your body, you can try Vivoo and make some positive changes for your health.

Vivoo Water Advice

How to Hydrate More

-Drink water after you wake up. This will make a fresh start for your body.

-Keep a water bottle in your sight.

-Choose sparkling water instead of sugary sodas.

-Increase your vegetable and fruit intake, especially the ones with high water content.

-Add cinnamon, lemon, mint, or fresh fruits to your water to have a different taste.

-Keep track of your water consumption. You can use apps that will keep you motivated.

-Drink water when you feel hungry since sometimes thirst can be confused as hunger.

-Celebrate National Hydration Day by drinking water.

 

Related: The Ultimate Guide to How Much Water You Need to Drink

 

Vivoo Water Box

Drinking fluids is vital to staying healthy and maintaining the function of each system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids also help carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.

Body water balance (hydration) represents the net difference between fluid intake and loss. Large changes in fluid intake are controlled by the kidneys, which can produce more or less urine depending on changes in body fluid volumes. Dehydration (body water deficiency) takes place when your body loses more fluid than you drink. On the other hand, overhydration (too much water in the body) happens when your body takes in more water than it excretes.

Some of the benefits of staying hydrated include:

  • Regulating body temperature.
  • Promoting cardiovascular health.
  • Helping muscles and joints work better.
  • Cleansing the body.
  • Helping brain function.
  • Maximizing physical performance.
  • Helping digestion and absorption.

Vivoo’s Water box is designed to assess the user’s hydration status and give comprehensible insights.

It shows your hydration level and gives suggestions about:

  • How much water your body needs daily
  • How to reach your optimal hydrated state.
  • What can you do to stay hydrated
  • How to maintain your body’s electrolyte balance

How Does Vivoo Assess Hydration From Urine?

Kidneys maintain a healthy fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. Excess water and minerals excrete from the body via urine. Using urine markers, such as osmolality, specific gravity, or color, is one of the hydration assessment techniques that have reliable, reasonably definable thresholds. 

The urine specific gravity test compares the density of urine to the density of water. Just like urine color, urine specific gravity changes according to your hydration status like dehydration, overhydration, or being in a well-hydrated state. Since urine color can influence by different factors like diet, drugs, and infections, analyzing urine specific gravity can give a more precise measurement of the hydration status.

That’s why Vivoo measures urine specific gravity, to acquire information about your hydration status (the body’s water balance). 

 

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Vivoo Water Box

Drinking fluids is vital to staying healthy and maintaining the function of each system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids also help carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.

Body water balance (hydration) represents the net difference between fluid intake and loss. Large changes in fluid intake are controlled by the kidneys, which can produce more or less urine depending on changes in body fluid volumes. Dehydration (body water deficiency) takes place when your body loses more fluid than you drink. On the other hand, overhydration (too much water in the body) happens when your body takes in more water than it excretes.

Some of the benefits of staying hydrated include:

  • Regulating body temperature.
  • Promoting cardiovascular health.
  • Helping muscles and joints work better.
  • Cleansing the body.
  • Helping brain function.
  • Maximizing physical performance.
  • Helping digestion and absorption.

Vivoo’s Water box is designed to assess the user’s hydration status and give comprehensible insights.

It shows your hydration level and gives suggestions about:

  • How much water your body needs daily
  • How to reach your optimal hydrated state.
  • What can you do to stay hydrated
  • How to maintain your body’s electrolyte balance

How Does Vivoo Assess Hydration From Urine?

Kidneys maintain a healthy fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. Excess water and minerals excrete from the body via urine. Using urine markers, such as osmolality, specific gravity, or color, is one of the hydration assessment techniques that have reliable, reasonably definable thresholds. 

The urine specific gravity test compares the density of urine to the density of water. Just like urine color, urine specific gravity changes according to your hydration status like dehydration, overhydration, or being in a well-hydrated state. Since urine color can influence by different factors like diet, drugs, and infections, analyzing urine specific gravity can give a more precise measurement of the hydration status.

That’s why Vivoo measures urine specific gravity, to acquire information about your hydration status (the body’s water balance). 

 

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The Ultimate Guide to How Much Water You Need to Drink

There are many different opinions about how much water we should be drinking every day. One of the most popular ones is to drink 8 glasses of a day (which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon). This advice is actually a myth.

There’s really no standard amount of water that’s recommended for all people at all times. It can vary from person to person and depends on many factors. An individual’s fluid needs can change due to exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

There’s no doubt about it: Drinking enough water is very important for your overall health.

Our bodies need water for several reasons:

  • Digesting food
  • Physical performance
  • Brain function
  • Relieving constipation
  • Weight loss

6 Tips for Being “Water Wise”

Water makes up about 60-70% of your body weight, and every part of your body needs it to function properly. Lack of water alone can cause body systems to slow down and cause you to feel sluggish, tired, and irritable. Keep your body healthy by being “water-wise.” This means drinking the right amount of water for you.

If you need some extra help consuming enough water, check out these tips for drinking more:

  • Add flavor to your water
  • Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Drink water instead of another beverage while out to eat
  • Make water part of your night out
  • Set a timer so you’ll remember to drink

The Ultimate Guide to How Much Water You Need to Drink

Tracking Your Water Intake

The color of your urine can reveal a lot about the state of your health. Urine can change colors depending on what you are eating, how hydrated you are, and any medications you are taking. Urine color will also allow you to assess your water intake. For Instance, light color is always better than a dark color and when your urine turns dark that means you are dehydrated.

An even better way to track your water intake is by measuring urine density using Vivoo which is the high-tech, fashionable wellness app that can help you keep track of your water consumption and more. Understand the voice of your body using the Vivoo app!  We will tell you how much water you should drink for your body to work properly and advise you about healthy choices you can make based on urine strip testing.

How can you track water consumption with VIVOO?

With 4 easy steps, you can start a healthier lifestyle! If you are trying to figure out how much water you should drink, try Vivoo! Make sure you drink enough throughout the day. Let’s stop wasting time and get started!

First Step: Get Your Urine Strip

Urine is a useful tool for understanding a lot about the human body. A urine test strip is the quickest way to test urine. The test strip which has small square color fields containing reactants on it, is dipped into the urine sample for a few seconds. The results appear after a few minutes. Depending on the concentration of the particular substance you are testing for, the fields on the test strip change color.

Second Step: Use Your Phone

To determine your urine test results; simply scan the strip using the Vivoo app.

Third Step: Receive Personalized Advice

Advice from the Vivoo App can help improve your health. In a matter of seconds, Vivoo can detect several parameters from your urine such as water consumption, infection, kidney & liver functions, and more. Vivoo’s wellness tips are based on your test results and are unique to you.

Let’s drink a glass of water and download the Vivoo App?

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