Unlocking the Power of Hydration: 7 Key Health and Lifestyle Benefits
16 September 2022
Dive into the world of hydration and discover the 7 incredible benefits to unlocking a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle.
Did you know 60% of the human body consists of water, required for our tissue, organs, and cells to function? Hydration isn't merely a necessity; it's the essence that literally enables our bodies to thrive and stay healthy. In this blog, we'll tap into the world of hydration, PREPD's role in maintaining it, and 7 health and lifestyle benefits for you!
Hydration Basics: PREPD provides everything you need to know about hydration from identifying signs of dehydration, to the recommended daily water intake.
The Power of PREPD: Learn why PREPD's 2-step strategy is the leading hydration-enhancer, helping customers like you absorb and replenish fluids throughout the day.
Health & Lifestyle Benefits: Drawing on several scientific studies and research articles, we highlight the 7 benefits optimal hydration poses for your health and everyday lifestyle.
Hydration 101: An Essential Guide
What is Hydration?
Hydration refers to replenishing fluids/water lost due to sweat and everyday activities. This can be gauged by observing fluctuations in body weight throughout the day. Insufficient water intake leads to dehydration, categorised by:
- Decreased energy levels
- Persistent fatigue
- Stomach ache or abdominal pain
What is the Recommended Daily Intake for Optimal Hydration?
As a general guideline, it's recommended that you drink approximately 8-10 glasses of water per day (Health Direct 2023). However, it's crucial to recognise that individual hydration requirements will increase this based on lifestyle factors. For example:
- During physical activities
- When spending extended periods outdoors
- In warmer weather conditions
- If you're experiencing any symptoms of dehydration (discussed above).
How does PREPD Improve Hydration?
PREPD is a hydration enhancer backed by over 20-years of medical research that aims to help people suffering from dehydration and prevent it through education and innovative scientific approaches. Compared to traditional hydration strategies, we significantly improve and enhance hydration benefits by using a unique Resistant Starch formula which taps into an additional 5L of water absorption, largely unused in the large intestine.
Our PREPD formula is a two-step strategy. PREPD PRIME drinks (step 1) proactively focus on preventing dehydration by employing a hydro-loading technique, saturating your body with sustained fibre that enhances fluid absorption, optimising advantages of hydration. PREPD RECOVER drinks (step 2) are hypotonic, containing minimal sugar, an optimal blend of electrolytes, and our unique sustained fibre to replenish fluids and salts post-physical activity.
Our PREPD range complements existing diets and supplementary intakes, enhancing nutrient absorption. To maximise the considerable benefits of optimal hydration, consume PREPD at the start and end of each day.
7 Health and Lifestyle Benefits of Hydration
Check out these 7 scientifically-proven benefits of hydration for your health and everyday lifestyle:
1. Energy Production
Firstly, research from Griffith University (2017) shows that staying well-hydrated can increase your energy levels. This is because dehydration causes your blood to thicken, making your heart work harder to provide oxygen to your body's tissues. This extra effort burns more energy, leaving you feeling tired and unmotivated. As such, drinking water frequently is paramount to keep you feeling energised and productive!
2. Better Concentration & Focus:
Optimal hydration also contributes to enhanced focus and concentration, boosting your productivity and mental clarity throughout the day! Scientific research conducted by the University of East London and Westminster (2018) has proven this, identifying a remarkable 25% increase in focus for well-hydrated participants.
3. Lower Injury Risk:
Sufficient water intake also prevents muscle exhaustion, lowering the risk of injuries. During exercise, our internal body temperature rises, causing us to sweat and prevent overheating. As such, hydration is essential to replenish lost fluids from sweating and prevent issues like cramping, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.
4. Improved Sleep:
The connection between hydration and sleep is widely unknown, though it cannot be understated. Rosinger et al.'s (2018) study identified that well-hydrated participants recorded 8-9 hours of sleep, whereas dehydrated participants recorded 6 or less hours of interrupted rest. High-quality sleep is paramount to:
- Body repair and recovery
- Supporting brain development
- Strengthening cardiac functioning & body metabolism
- Improving our memory & cognitive functioning
As such, optimal hydration can beneficially energise you, increasing your productivity and mood the following day!
Want to learn more about sleep and hydration? Check out our blog
5. Clearer Skin:
Hydration is also strongly-linked to skin quality, with an insufficient daily water intake accentuating wrinkles, pores, and creating dull skin. Optimal hydration enhances your skin's plumpness and elasticity, reducing the risk of cracks, flakes, irritations, or pimples.
6. Reduced Headaches:
Headaches can often be a direct result of dehydration, as highlighted by Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing. To summarise, his research states that when your body lacks proper hydration, it can often lead to a persistent, throbbing pain in your head, worsened by movement or certain positions.
Alongside this discomfort, dehydration-induced headaches can also trigger confusion, dry mouth, and weariness—all of which can decrease productivity, and trigger irritation throughout your day.
7. Increased Performance:
Finally, optimal hydration can significantly increases your performance. According to the National Library of Medicine (2021), “hydration levels directly influence human performance & recovery to a significant degree” by:
- Boosting stamina
- Regulating your body temperature
- Enhancing focus and mental activity
- Assisting in recovery and agility.
These factors combined all contribute to improved physical performance, enabling you to make the most of each day and reach your full potential!
Hydration isn't just about quenching thirst—it literally impacts your mind and body's ability to function properly. Even the slightest dehydration can throw you off balance, so make hydration a priority. Keep that water flowing to ensure your brain performs at its peak!
Ready to unlock the incredible benefits of hydration? Start your PREPD journey today and embrace the power of a happier, healthier, and more-productive lifestyle!
1. How much water should I drink for optimal hydration?
It is recommended that you drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. However, you should monitor your daily activities (i.e., exercise, extended-periods in warm weather) and increase this intake where required.
2. What are some simple ways to increase my daily water intake?
To increase your daily water intake, consider carrying a water bottle and taking frequent sips throughout the day, setting reminders and a routine to hydrate, tracking your water intake, eating water-based foods (i.e., cucumber & lettuce), and most importantly, drinking before you feel thirsty. By the time thirst kicks in, you may already be dehydrated!
What time of day should I hydrate?
It's important to hydrate throughout the entire day. Specifically, after you wake up, around each meal break, when exercising (before, during and after), and before you sleep each night.
How does PREPD enhance hydration?
PREPD enhances hydration with our unique Resistant Starch formula, which is scientifically proven to tap into an additional 5L of fluid in your large intestine, helping you stay hydrated for longer.