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July 17, 2016

Tips and Tricks for Staying Hydrated This Summer!

Doctors are always reminding us to drink more water, but don't we already drink enough? The truth is, most of us do not.

We've always been told to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, but that is not necessarily correct. That adds up to only 64 ounces, but according to Web MD it should be closer to 75-150 ounces per day.

Different factors that can change the amount of water you need each day are:

  • Gender
  • Location (altitude, climate)
  • Height and weight
  • Daily activity level

Especially in the summertime, it seems like everyone is stressing the value of good hydration.

But why is hydration so important?

Water is the most vital part of every cellular process in our bodies. On the smallest level, it is what keeps everything within our cells running properly for division - and on the biggest level it means proper neurological function, digestion, the flushing of toxins, respiratory and heart health, and everything in between.

With our bodies being made up of approximately 60% water, it's no wonder that we're constantly being encouraged to replenish our supply!

We lose water more quickly in summertime through our sweat. With more opportunities to get outside, exercise, and socialize at events where alcoholic beverages are in abundance (which make us lose even more water), it is important to keep an eye out for any of these symptoms of dehydration:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Food cravings
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dark urine

Now that we know what to look out for, let's drink to our health!

Here are some great ways to increase your water intake throughout the day:

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[Credit: Nelson, Monica. "How to Drink More Water Each Day." U.S. News & World Report, Wellness.]
[Credit: WebMD. Water and Your Diet: Staying Slim and Regular with H2O.]