You may have noticed, but it’s really hot outside! We’re most at risk for dehydration during the summer months when we’re outside, sweating and being active in the heat. Approximately 70 percent of the human body is composed of water. Water is the basis of all life and is essential to our survival. It also helps your body do the following:
In the hot summer months especially, it's important to water drink before you even feel thirsty. Thirst is a signal that your body is on the way to dehydration. When you engage in physical activity, it is important to drink water before, during, and after the workout. Carry a reusable water bottle with you for easy refills as you go about the day Although beverages like soft drinks, coffee, and tea contain water, they may also contain caffeine, which is a diuretic, and added sugars, which have more calories. To help you avoid sugar-sweetened beverages and increase your water intake, follow these tips:
If you are committed to a healthy lifestyle, make drinking enough water a habit in your life. It won't take long for you to feel the benefit.
Want to know more?
American Council on Exercise: http://www.acefitness.org/fitfacts/fitfacts_display.aspx?itemid=2639
Rethink Your Drink: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html