Hydration: Why It's So Important

Hydration: Why It

Getting enough water every day is important for your overall health! Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. 

Most doctors recommend drinking 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling thirsty! 

Water is best for staying hydrated. Other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. However, some may add extra calories from sugar to your  diet. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine (200 to 300 milligrams) is not harmful for most people. This is about the amount in 2 to 4, 8-ounce cups of coffee. However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. 

If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day.
  • If you don't like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout. 
  • If you have trouble drinking water, try drinking on a schedule. For example, try a small glass at the beginning of each hour, or with every meal. 
  • Eat fruits and vegetables. Many non-starchy vegetables and fruits contain a lot of water. 
  • When you're feeling hungry, drink water. 

Stay safe and hydrated this summer! 

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