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5 reasons hydrating is important for truckers


5 reasons hydrating is important for truckers

At this point, just about everyone has heard that it's important to hydrate. However, for truckers especially, this is an important part of putting in a hard day's work - and that's true for a litany of reasons.

The following are just a few of the reasons truckers may need to drink more water on a daily basis:

1) Water can dissuade you from reaching for less healthy drinks

Pull into any truck stop in the U.S. and you will be faced with rows of refrigerators, all packed with sugary beverages loaded with chemicals, according to Family Doctor. Even if you know it's not good for you, it's hard to resist the temptation to reach for that soda or energy drink. But if you've been drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you're not going to be as thirsty, and you may decide to just forego that unhealthy - and potentially expensive - drink altogether.

2) It helps ward off hunger

Along similar lines to helping you avoid sugary drinks, having a steady diet of water throughout the day also helps you avoid snacking, Family Doctor said. Some studies have shown that drinking a recommended amount of water can reduce your hunger overall, but experts also say that oftentimes when people are thirsty, the feeling can be difficult to discern from being hungry. As such, if you are properly hydrated, you don't have to worry about making that mistake.

3) It helps you stay alert

While many truckers rely on caffeine to get them going through the morning - and then in the afternoon to get over a sugar "crash" - you don't need to worry about that with water, according to Harvard Medical School. The fact is that while there's no caffeine in the liquid, you really don't need it if you're properly hydrated. That's because water aids in all sorts of bodily functions, including helping brain chemicals flow, and the reason we often feel groggy in the morning is that we just haven't had enough water while we were asleep.

4) You need to replace your fluids

Especially during the summer, life on the open road can get a little hot and sweaty, Harvard Medical School advised. That sweat is fluid leaving your body, and you need to replace it to avoid becoming dehydrated over the course of a day. The hotter the day, the more water you may need to drink, but doing so comes with a host of other benefits.

5) It helps keep you cool

One of those benefits? Drinking more water helps you more effectively regulate your body temperature, according to One Medical. Some nice, cold water brings down your body's internal temperature and makes it so that the external or ambient temperature needs to be higher before you start sweating. This is also good for your skin, which stays more naturally flexible when you've had enough water to drink.

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