5 ways to become water-wise for healthy kidneys

Being water-wise means drinking the right amount of water to keep your kidneys well functioning and healthy. 

Considering kidneys are the body’s filtering system, water plays a vital role in keeping it fit and functional. It assists the kidneys to remove wastes from the blood in the form of urine. It also helps to keep the blood vessels open for easy delivery of nutrients. 

Dehydration can cause drowsiness, irritability, low energy levels and impair your cognitive ability. And since the human body cannot store water, we need to keep regularly hydrating ourselves to make up for the losses from urine, sweating and lungs. 

The 8X8 rule has become a health goal for many people. While it can serve as a basis for hydrating enough for healthy skin, eyes and higher energy levels, the optimum water requirement depends on a variety of factors. 

The difference in weather, age, exercise, daily life schedules as well as states of illness, health concern and pregnancy are some contributing factors for the optimal water requirement in your body. 

Here are 5 ways to become more water-wise for healthier kidneys

1. The 8X8 rule doesn’t suffice the water needs

Without much scientific backing, the 8X8 rule was first advocated in 1945, in the United States.  

But the truth behind the 8X8 rule can actually be a lot of water for many people. 

This is more like a generalised concept based on the fact that the human body needs enough water to make up for the losses and that enough water is required to survive and thrive.

One way to turn around this rule would be to develop a schedule so that you can consume enough water throughout the day. 

2. Your skin can tell a lot more about your hydration

Dehydration has a visible impact on your skin health. 

When you are dehydrated, your skin loses elasticity and there are appearance of  fine lines that looks prominent under the light.  

Whereas when your skin looks plumper and radiant meaning you have “glowing skin”, it is well hydrated. 

So, your skin appearance and texture can tell you if you need to drink more water. 

Dry skin can tell how dehydrated a person is, Water Wise for healthy kidneys

3. Drinking less is healthier if you have kidney failure 

When people suffer from kidney failure, they are not able to excrete enough water out. 

This is why, in case someone is receiving dialysis as a part of kidney health treatment, water intake is restricted.  

4. Your urine tells a lot about your body’s hydration 

The colour of your urine can indicate how well hydrated you are. 

The colour of your urine comes as a health measurement tool. For example, if your urine is transparent, it means you’re well-hydrated, perhaps overhydrated. 

In case it’s amber or burnt yellow, it’s time to drink some extra water as it indicates you’re dehydrated. 

Read “Are you dehydrated? Our pee colour chart will tell you” to learn more about urine colour as their indication of your health. 

5. Also focus on “when” to drink water

A woman drinking water according to her schedule to be more water wise for healthy kidneys

Because you don’t drink during your sleep, you’re already dehydrated when you wake up in the morning. So, start your day, why consuming a glass of water after you wake up. 

A glass of water before your meal may help regulate hunger. In case, you have a headache or feeling low in energy, help yourself with a glass of water. 

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