April 2021

Importance of Hydration - What Is the Big Deal?

Dehydration is a big issue after surgery, as small amounts taken frequently are needed to make up 8-10 glasses of water needed each day to keep you firing on all cylinders.

False Hunger

Left unchecked, advanced dehydration will lead toFALSE HUNGER signals being sent. This is a survival mechanism – the body’s trick to get you to eat more in the hope that the food you eat will provide the necessary water your body needs to keep functioning properly.

Drink at least 8 glasses

So – if you are hungry all the time, try increasing water (away from meals) and also increase your protein intake – both will help regain balance. 

Dehydration could also be your problem if you are feeling simply drained and exhausted too.

70-75% of Australians are dehydrated

Our dehydration signals are quite weak as opposed to our hunger signals where we eat at the slight feeling of being hungry. In fact, statistics suggest up to 70-75 per cent of us Australians are dehydrated at any point in time. 

Without adequate hydration, your efforts to lose weight can stall.

How your body uses WATER

Did you know that water makes up about 60% of your body weight?

  • Your brain consists of 75% water
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells 
  • Makes up 83% of your blood
  • Moistens oxygen for breathing
  • Helps convert food into energy
  • Helps flush out waste products
  • Helps body absorb nutrients and protect vital organs
  • Makes up 75% of muscles
  • Accounts for 22% of bones
  • Lubricates joints 

TIPS

STEP 1: Begin starting your day with at least 500ml of quality filtered water. 

STEP 2: Buy yourself a BPA FREE BN water bottle from wwwbnmulti.com

STEP 3: Drink a whole bottle of water every day!

Jacqui Lewis BHSc

Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine

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