The frequency of urination can help measure the level of hydration in the body, a new study suggests.
People visit the bathroom quite often so as to urinate, however many people don’t pay attention to the number of times they do this. According to a study undertaken recently, the frequency of urination is connected to the level of hydration in the body. Monitoring how often you go to the bathroom can help determine how hydrated or dehydrated your body is.
Students at the University of Arkansas carried out a test on urination frequency and linked the results to the level of hydration in the body. The study which was part of an exercise science program measured the times a participant visited the bathroom and the amount of water that was retained in the body.
Hydration describes the amount of water inside the the body and incase it goes below the minimal level, a person is said to be dehydrated. The body needs the right amount of water so as to carry out its functions and when the levels reduce then the body and its functions may be affected.
The experiment which was led by Matt Ganio, associate professor at the College of Health Professionals and Education, and Fellow at the American College of Sports Medicine mainly focused on urine and blood but also took into account other factors such as thirst.
U.S. statistics indicate that chronic dehydration contributes to many diseases and costs the health care system over half a billion dollars every year, and unless it is dealt with sooner-rather-than-later, the public will continue to spend more on issues related to hydration.
Dr Ganio states that hydration can be categorized in two main classes, sports and exercise hydration and health hydration. The latest study primary focused on hydration in regard to sports and exercises and was undertaken by students in undergraduate and graduate with the aim of finding a link between frequency of urination and hydration.
Statistics show that 63 million plus Americans are affected by urinary frequency and that chronic hydration is connected to severe cases such as kidney stones, colorectal cancer, constipation, bladder cancer, as well as precancerous polyps, while temporary or mild hydration can cause cognitive issues ,for instance mood swings or inability to concentrate on tasks.
One key role of the kidneys is to filter blood and when they sense little water in the body they retain/conserve the water and reduce the trips to the bathroom. However, in case they sense high water levels the urge to urinate increases meaning more trips to the bathroom.