Hydration 101

Hydration 101

Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. It’s a basic health & wellness goal to be well hydrated and summer is a great time to check in on your hydration habits. Drinking an adequate amount of water helps your body:

  • Carry nutrients to your cells
  • Lubricate muscles & joints
  • Have healthy, supple skin
  • Maintain proper temperature
  • Flush toxins
  • Prevent constipation

How much water do you need to drink?

Since every person is different, a useful formula to figure out your body’s unique water needs is to divide your body weight in half; that number is how many ounces you should aim to drink each day. For example, if you are 160 pounds, your daily water goal is 80 ounces.  

Tips for staying hydrated all summer

If you struggle to drink enough water each day, carry a water bottle with you or leave water bottles in the places where you spend the most time each day. If the visual cue of a water bottle isn’t enough, try setting an hourly timer to remind you to drink water.

Besides forgetting to drink enough water, other culprits that lead to dehydration are excess alcohol consumption, overexertion/vigorous exercise, and being in a hot environment. You may notice you need more water under these circumstances, so plan accordingly.

Although good old fashioned water is the best way to reach your ounces per day goal, you can also count unsweetened sparkling water and herbal teas. And if you really want to up your hydration, try incorporating more of these hydrating foods into your diet…

  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Jicama
  • Radishes
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Happy hydrating!