This week we are focusing on hydration! The human body is composed of 60% water which is why staying hydrated is so important. Hydration is the process of causing something to absorb water. Water is a daily necessity for our bodies. It provides a variety of functions within our system, but some important ones include keeping our temperature regulated, lubricating and cushioning joints, protecting our spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, and getting rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.
It’s important to stay hydrated when you are in hotter climates, being more physically active, or running a fever. Your body needs water most when you are in hot climates as perspiration increases. As summer rolls around and the temperature outside begins to increase, remember to drink plenty of water. The average male adult needs about 3.0 liters of daily water intake and the average female needs about 2.5 liters of daily water intake. While you can intake water through foods and other flavored beverages, it’s best to consume fresh, clean water for optimal benefits. We challenge you to monitor how much water you consume today! Are you drinking enough water each day? Could you increase your consumption throughout the day?
If you’re not drinking enough water, these tips may help:
· Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
· Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
· Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water to improve the flavor.
· Drink small amounts of water with each meal.
· Choose water when eating out which will save money and reduce calories.