The human body is composed of 65 percent water. Some parts of the body are even more concentrated with H2O. The brain contains up to 95 percent water, blood is made of up to 82 percent water, and the lungs are composed of close to 90 percent water. Water is one of the most essential elements in the human body and without it, we can only survive for a few days. Just like a car begins to shut down without gas, without water, the human body begins shutting down rapidly, and dehydration can be deadly.
Water helps heal because it helps transport the oxygen and nutrients your body needs to the site of the wound or injury that needs healing. Staying hydrated also helps keep our kidneys functioning as they should. This helps control blood pressure and aids in the elimination of waste and toxins from the body.
Tips to Stay Hydrated
It can be hard to remember to drink enough water throughout the day. Often, by the time you remember, you’re faced with the frustrating and unappealing prospect of trying to cram the majority of your recommended water intake in by the end of the day. Here are some tips to consume the water your body needs slowly and steadily throughout your day:
- Start each morning with an 8-ounce glass of water. Many people find it appealing to add a lemon to their morning glass of water.
- Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Then, when you find yourself reaching for a drink, you will always have access to it.
- Avoid caffeine. It’s a diuretic, which means it actually dehydrates you.
- Eat foods like watermelon, cucumber, lettuce and berries that are high in water and can help you stay hydrated and full.
Staying hydrated can really help keep you healthy and promote better recovery, but it is possible to overdo it. Avoid consuming mass amounts of water in an effort to help with recovery because it can actually backfire and cause swelling. Listen to your body and try to drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
For more information on recovering from surgery, or to schedule a consultation, call us today at the Cosmetic Surgical Arts Center at 425-276-7103.