Ways to Stay Properly Hydrated

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As we are approaching the end of June and going deeper into the summer season, the temperature is rising and dehydration is knocking at the door. For those of us who still love to go outside to move more or simply just to enjoy the weather, it is crucial to replenish our bodies of lost fluids by drinking a lot of water. Well, don’t worry because there is a nationally recognized day for this too, and it is known as National Hydration Day!

National Hydration Day this year falls on June 23rd, 2021, and is aimed to, ultimately, keep your body safe and healthy through drinking plenty of water. No, National Hydration Day isn’t the only day that we should be drinking plenty of water, however, is a day to boost the awareness of hydration, as well as the medical conditions that come with dehydration. Believe it or not, our bodies are made up of about 60% of water and it is mostly stored in our vital organs such as the heart, brain, and lungs, helping prevent symptoms such as mood change, overheating, constipation, and kidney stones. 

A few tips and tricks to drinking more water and staying hydrated:

  • Drinking plain water is the #1 best way to replenish fluids as it contains 0 calories
  • Adding a lemon or lime wedge to your water may improve the taste of your water and may help you drink more than usual
  • While working in the heat, it is recommended to drink about 1 cup, or 8 ounces, of water every 15 – 20 minutes
  • By the time you feel dehydrated you are already behind in replenishing your fluids
  • Do not drink too much water! Drinking more than 48oz of water per hour can be harmful and cause a medical emergency
  • Replenishing after working in the heat is, if not just as important, then more important than replenishing while working in the heat
  • Giving yourself several hours to replenish your fluids will put less stress on your body fighting dehydration

With all of that being said, water is the absolute key to eating smart and moving more. For National Hydration Day, you can participate by spreading awareness to your family and/or friends and encouraging them to drink more water this summer! 

Information about healthy drinking water near you: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/index.html

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