Do we really need eight glasses of water a day? Here's what you need to know about the best way to stay hydrated.
0:00 Introduction: How much water do we need?
0:50 Understanding hydration
7:25 The best way to stay hydrated
8:38 How to know if you're dehydrated
10:53 Check out my video on electrolytes!
Today, I will cover some interesting new concepts about water and its ability to hydrate your cells.
Water gets into your cells through small channels with help from electrolytes. A dehydrated cell has an imbalance of electrolytes and fluid, not just a lack of water. If you drink too much water, you can dilute certain electrolytes and become dehydrated.
Water is important, but we don't get hydrated just from water. When you're not thirsty and force yourself to drink a lot of water, this can cause various issues, especially if you exercise.
Other liquids like coffee, tea, soda, alcohol, and fruit juice can deplete your electrolytes and cause you to become dehydrated. Sports drinks may also cause more weight gain than soda. Even certain electrolyte powders contain a lot of sugar.
A good principle is to drink when you're thirsty and don't force yourself to drink too much. It's also essential to get all of the electrolytes and avoid things that can deplete your electrolytes.
Keep in mind, if you're prone to kidney stones, you should drink at least 2.5 liters of fluid with electrolytes every day.