Home Hydration Testing
Water is one of the most essential compounds in the body, and as a result, good hydration is important for everyone on the planet. No exceptions.
Dehydration shouldn’t only be a concern for record-breaking athletes who move their bodies in superhuman fashion all day. It affects people from all walks of life. However, in the same breath, it’s also worth considering overhydration, which can make life similarly uncomfortable.
When you’re trying to stay well hydrated, the key is balance. Here at Elosia, we’ve tried to make that as easy as possible. Our home urine test strips quickly evaluate your hydration levels, among other factors, giving you your results before you even have time to fill up your water bottle again.
Why is Hydration important?
Your body can’t operate at full capacity when it isn’t properly hydrated. Water is fundamental, acting as the first building material when a new cell is created in your body, and being well-hydrated helps to replenish your body’s existing cells too.
Staying hydrated also helps your body adapt and respond to changes in external temperature. Water makes up saliva, which moistens and breaks down the food we eat, while it can also help to prevent UTIs, or even kidney stones.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration refers to a state where your body has lost more fluids than it has taken in. When this happens, you’ll feel the effects on your body right away. It can happen more frequently if you suffer from diabetes, if you have diarrhea, or if you’ve had one too many glasses of wine on a night out.
Common symptoms of dehydration include feeling very thirsty, or having a drier-than-usual mouth (or lips). Your wee may also be a dark yellow colour.
What is Overhydration?
Overhydration happens when you consume an excessive amount of water, over and above the standard eight glasses a day. The result is a state of “water intoxication”, which dilutes the salt and other electrolytes in the body.
Low sodium levels can cause hyponatremia, leading to spasms, cramps and possibly even seizures. If you’re feeling nauseous, disoriented or you have a lingering headache, do some investigative work on whether you’ve maybe pushed the water filter a little further than usual today.
Here, we’ll run through a quickfire Q&A which might come in handy for anyone looking to understand the benefits that good hydration can have for your health and wellness.
Can Drinking Water Help with Weight Loss?
Yes, drinking water may help you lose weight. Water is a natural appetite suppressant, and some research suggests that it can even help you burn calories. Water also helps to metabolise stored carbs and fats.
On a more practical level, water is a useful tool to help limit the amount of calorie-heavy drinks you consume in a day, whether that’s sugary sodas or seemingly healthy juices.
Does Drinking Water Lower Your Blood Sugar?
Some studies have shown that drinking water could help people control blood glucose levels. This is primarily because, since water doesn’t contain any calories or carbs, it won’t raise your blood glucose levels at any point.
When you have high blood sugar, water can help flush out the excess glucose, but be fooled into thinking that water alone will help offset all those sugary treats. Drinking too much water after indulging like this may actually dilute the electrolytes in your body and create an imbalance. Luckily, our home hydration testing strips can help you spot when this happens, and once you use the app to process the results, you’ll get advice on what to do next.
Does Drinking Water Help Acne?
Although drinking water can’t cure acne, it can help to promote skin hydration. Because good hydration supports immune function, and water promotes natural detoxification, it may aid the healing process. However, do keep in mind that research on the relationship between acne and water consumption is still limited to a small number of studies.
How to Test Your Hydration Levels at Home
If you’re a runner, you may have already tried to test your hydration levels by weighing yourself naked before your workout, and then again afterwards. According to this approach, roughly four cups of water should be consumed per kilogram “lost” during a workout.
Although this approach has some merit, there’s a little too much room for error for our liking. Testing your hydration levels with our urine strips can be a little more practical, and they also give you readings for electrolytes, ketone, nutrition and vitamin C. Tracking these on a weekly basis, especially if you’re working on a plan to improve your overall health, can offer unlimited benefits.
Get Elosia’s urine testing strips delivered to your door weekly as part of our subscription plan and in next to no time, you’ll have developed a deeper understanding of the complex, wonderful body you’re in.
Disclaimer: Elosia is a wellness tool, not a diagnostic tool, and should not be used as a substitute for any professional medical advice.