Posted on 2/15/2020 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
|Many people are not aware of the fact that they are dehydrated until after they feel thirsty. By this time, the body is already sending out signals for refreshment and it can hinder your health if you do not receive adequate fluids.
Not many people like the taste of water, however, preferring the flavor of sweeter drinks such as soda or juice instead. Drinking enough water is very important, however, and can make a difference in how quickly you recover after surgery.
Why Water Is Important For Your General Health
Another sign of dehydration is bad breath, which makes sense when you consider how most people consume the nutrition necessary for their health. If you are not getting enough fluids, then you may not be making enough saliva. In turn, this could fill your oral cavity with an abundance of bacteria you may not want floating around in your mouth, especially after surgery.
This could hinder your healing and increase the likelihood of infection. Those who are not hydrated slow down vital processes in the body anyways, regardless of healing. You need oxygen and nutrients to keep yourself in optimal health. Drinking water is the best way to encourage this.
How to Ensure You Get Plenty of Fluids
Though you can receive some liquids from other beverages, such as milk, it still does not compare to the benefit you receive from a glass of pure water. Anticipating your needs on a daily basis can keep you hydrated without inconveniencing you. Adding a bit of lemon to your water can make it more refreshing. Carrying a bottle around can be useful when thirst hits. Consuming water-rich foods such as cucumbers and apples can also go a long way to keeping you hydrated.
Water is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. If you are expecting surgery, it is a good idea to prepare. If you have any questions, contact us here at the office and we will be happy to talk you through it.