Staying adequately hydrated – through drinking fluids – is vital to staying healthy. It keeps every part of the body (e.g., heart, brain, and muscles) functioning efficiently. Water helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, flush bacteria out of the bladder, and prevent a number of conditions, like constipation.
Your body fluid balance (i.e., “hydration status”) refers to the difference between fluid intake and loss. The kidneys help regulate the body’s fluid balance by controlling urine output: The more fluids you take in, the more urine the kidneys will produce. And vice versa. Dehydration (i.e., a deficiency of water in the body) occurs when your body loses more fluids than you consume. On the other hand, overhydration (i.e., an excess of water in the body) occurs when you take in way too much water than the body can excrete.
Specific Gravity Test
The urine-specific gravity test compares the density of urine with the density of water. This test can help determine how well your kidneys are diluting your urine. To understand why you’ll first need to know that the kidney’s primary function is to filter the blood and maintain proper electrolyte balances in the body. So, in that sense, your urine-specific gravity value offers valuable insights into your hydration status and kidney health. More specifically, very concentrated urine (which translates into a higher urine specific gravity value) could indicate two things. The first is that you’re not drinking enough water, and the second is that your kidneys are not working correctly.
Here’s how you could interpret the results obtained through the Vivoo strip test:
Score: 6/10, 5/10, 2/10 Label: Dehydration, Value: 1.020, 1.025, 1.030 Specific Gravity
About 65% of the human body is made up of water – and it’s known to lose an average of 2.5-3 liters of fluids daily. Dehydration occurs when lost fluids are not adequately replenished.
Score: 10/10, Label: Optimal (Hydration), Value: 1.005, 1.010, 1.015 Specific Gravity
Staying well-hydrated keeps the body’s fluid and electrolyte levels balanced, ensuring optimal health. For instance: drinking enough water is crucial for temperature regulation, joint lubrication, and proper organ function. At its core, hydration is key to becoming the best, healthiest version of yourself.
Score: 7/10 Label: Overhydration, Value: Below 1.005 Specific Gravity
Drinking too much water can lead to overhydration, which, in turn, can cause water intoxication. This occurs when the amount of sodium and other electrolytes in the body becomes too diluted.
Water is essential for life. Every cell, tissue, and organ in the body needs water to work properly. It plays a role in the digestion, absorption, and transport of our nutrients to the cells, the formation of biochemical reactions necessary for life and health, the functioning of cells, tissues, organs, and systems, and the transport and elimination of dangerous substances formed as a result of metabolism.
Staying hydrated help:
- Regulate body temperature
- Promote cardiovascular health
- Promote the functions of muscles and joints
- Cleanse the body
- Enhance cognitive function
- Maximize physical performance
- Improve digestion and absorption of nutrients
Vivoo provides you with a straightforward and fuss-free method of telling if you’re appropriately hydrated. With a simple test, you’d be able to learn about your hydration status in real-time (right this second), plus get personalized tips on how you could ensure proper hydration, depending on the situation you’re in. This is especially useful if you juggle a packed schedule – and struggle with remembering to drink up over a typical day. Vivoo’s Water box is designed to assess the user’s hydration status and provide personalized insights.
In addition to showing your hydration level, it also provides suggestions on:
- How much water your body needs daily
- How to reach your optimal hydration state
- What you can do to stay hydrated
- How to maintain your body’s electrolyte balance
Related: Vivoo Energy Box