The Importance Of Hydration | Part 1

Written by Louise Carter

Top Tips For Hydration

Water makes up the majority of the human body. It’s a ‘carrier’ or ‘transporter’ for delivering nutrients around the body in the blood. Here are a few reasons why keeping hydrated is really important.


Build Muscle


When building muscle it is essential to keep hydrated at all times, especially when working out. This is because muscles require proteins and glycogens to reach hypertrophy (excessive growth) and function properly. Proteins provide the essential building blocks for building muscle whilst glycogens store and provide the energy source to contract the muscle.


When drinking water it supplies and nourishes the muscles with the proteins and glycogens as well as providing electrolytes. Electrolytes contain salts and electrical impulses which provide nerve stimulation which allows a muscle to contract. Hydration prevents injuries such as sprains and strains which can set you back sometime in the gym, hydration also prevents those nasty unwanted cramps, whilst electrolytes provide muscle contractions.

Suppress Appetite or False Hunger Pains


When the body reaches an insufficient water level, false hunger signals can be sent out via the brain which causes us to overeat and put on unnecessary weight, when really the body is just dehydrated and needs to be rehydrated. So simply keep a bottle of water to hand at all times and make sure you sip water throughout the day.


The benefit of this prevents unnecessary calorie intake and weight gain, which could aid weight loss. Water suppresses appetite by keeping hunger pains away as well as increasing the basal metabolic rate (BMR), increasing the amount of calories and fat being burnt over time.

Avoid Headaches and Fatigue


When the body becomes dehydrated one of the side effects is fatigue, this is due to the lack of electrolytes and nutrients provided by water. Increasing water intake can reduce tension headaches which can be caused by fatigue or tense muscles around the head and neck. As well as water transporting and delivering nutrients and electrolytes, it provides oxygen which is transported in the blood and is essential for muscles to function as well as being vital for the human body to thrive and survive.


Tense head and neck muscles cause tension headaches when the muscles do not receive the right amount of electrolytes or oxygen. When muscles are starved or deprived of oxygen muscles become tense and seize up causing tension spaces with the side effect of tension headaches. Hydration benefits the body by allowing muscles to relax when the blood delivers muscles with sufficient amounts of oxygen. This keeps away unnecessary tension headaches and fatigue of muscles all around the body.


Beat Skin Breakouts


Sometimes in life, the most annoying things can be prevented or lessened by the most simplistic things in life. Spots and breakouts are not only annoying or unpleasant but they are a build up of toxins and waste. It is important to hydrate as it allows the skin to flush toxins and bacteria which can build up within the skin. The benefit of this keeps the skin clear and gets rid of those annoying breakouts, so be sure to hydrate to give your skin it’s deserving glow.

Improve Organ Function and Reduce Blood Pressure


The body utilises water within the vital organs to allow them to function properly. Water is important to allow the organs to carry out their daily primary and secondary functions. Water helps to carry out the toxins within the organs and replenishes them with nutrients to stay healthy.


Keeping yourself hydrated enables you to not only feel great but allows the organs to stay healthy and fight off illnesses. Water also reduces blood pressure, hydration allows the blood to flow more freely in the veins, therefore, reducing blood pressure. Benefits of this can relieve stress, taking stress off of organs preventing illness and diseases.

*Quick reminder* when we sweat we lose water – be sure to drink water throughout the day.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile oranisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.

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