As your summer time activities kick into full gear, it’s important to focus on staying well hydrated. Drinking water is the best way to replenish our body’s fluid needs but we can also eat our water by enjoying foods with a high water content such as watermelon, citrus fruit and oatmeal cooked in water or milk. Staying properly hydrated is essential for every cell, organ and tissue in the body. According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics the daily fluid intake of 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women with help sustain normal activity. We can lose up to 10 cups of water a day just by normal activities such as breathing, brushing our teeth and sweating.
Try these tips to keep hydrated:
- Wake up with water. Keep a glass of water bedside and drink it in the morning before getting out of bed.
- Freeze water to go! Stock several freezer safe water bottles in the freezer and always have an ice cold supply to go.
- Keep a refillable water bottle on the desk and set a timer to refill it. This is a good reminder to get up and get active too!
The amount of fluids the body needs depends on several factors, such as age, gender, activity level and weight. Curious where to start? Web based calculators for a starting point. Friendly reminder: these are estimates and always talk with a health care provider before starting a new routine.
Need a boost to get on the hydration track? The LHI Burst Your Thirst challenge is a perfect opportunity to help us drink more water, get more active and win some great prizes The BYT Challenge kicks off Monday June 16, so gather some water drinking buddies and register. (Registration open through June 27)