The average adult human body is 50-65% water.
The body needs water to complete many of it’s functions. It uses water in cells, organs, tissues and to regulate temperature. We don’t only lose water when we urinate and sweat but also through breathing and digestion. Water does far more than just quench your thirst it also energises muscles, makes your skin glow, improves kidney function, detoxes the body, lubricates joints and helps to maintain normal bowel movement.
Fortunately, your body will let you know if you’re not consuming enough water. Frequent light-headedness, headaches or dryness (whether in your skin, mouth, eyes or lips) all indicate that you should increase your water intake. Dark urine, infrequent urination or constipation could indicate that you should drink more. Signs of dehydration during asana practice or other forms of exercise include lack of sweat, cramping and muscle stiffness. Ideally, you should be getting enough water that you have to go to the bathroom every two to four hours, and your urine should be the colour of pale lemonade.
Next time you plan for a sweat sesh try adding some fresh fruit and/or fresh herbs to your water bottle to give it a little more flavour. Some great combos are strawberries and basil, cucumber and mint, and lemon and ginger.