Our bodies are made up of approximately 60-70% water which is lost through normal daily activities such as breathing, sweating and in human waste. Water keeps us hydrated and must be replenished every day for the body to function properly. A minimum of 64 ounces are recommended daily for adults.
Signs or symptoms that you are not drinking enough water, or getting enough water via foods, are feelings of hunger, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, a lack of or dark urine, headaches, dry mouth, constipation and nausea. These symptoms are known as dehydration. High sugar foods or not enough fruits and vegetables in one’s diet can lead to dehydration.
Hydration helps to regulate your body’s temperature, keeps joints moving easily, improves skin health, flushes wastes out of the body and increases circulation. Here are some suggestions on how to stay hydrated this summer:
- Always have water with you in the car/at work
- Drink your water on the way to/from work
- Drink 5oz an hour (70oz daily for a 14 hour day)
- Choose sugar and caffeine free options of water based liquids
- Put water on ice to keep liquid and you cool
- Eat foods high in water content like fruits, vegetables and broth soups
Watermelon is one of the hydrating fruits to put on your list this summer!
- Dark veins on the rind and round – sweeter melon
- Oblong shape – watery
- The stem – If it’s brown and dry, you know it’s at its peak! If it’s green, leave it.
- Look for a dark “field spot”- yellow/orange than white.
Please click hyperlink for more hints on hydration: https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/are-you-struggling-to-drink-enough-water-daily