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With summer right around the corner and rising temperatures, it is important to stay adequately hydrated! Since up to 60% of your body is water, it is a vital part in ensuring every part of your body is working properly. From flushing waste and toxins to keeping your body at an optimum temperature, water helps to keep us alive!

Throughout the day, your body loses water through urine, breathing and sweat glands. As a result, you have to constantly replenish this fluid, and sugary sodas and coffee do not count toward this requirement. Because of the high caffeine content in these drinks, they can dehydrate your body. Sticking to pure, clean water is best when rehydrating. Once your body has already lost 1-2% of it’s total water content, you will begin to experience your body’s natural mechanism that tells you when you need to replenish your water supply- thirst. However, by the time you are thirsty, your body may already be a bit dehydrated. Studies have indicated that about 66% of us are dehydrated and need to drink more water.

Before your signals that you are thirsty, learn the subtler signs your body sends, indicating you need to drink more water.

  • Fatigue or moodiness
  • Hunger even after a recent meal
  • Infrequent urination, dark concentrated urine

Besides paying attention to the above signs, a good indicator is to look at the color of your urine. You should be consuming enough water so your urine is a light yellow. How often you urinate can also be used to judge your intake of water. A well-hydrated person urinates about 7-8 times per day. If you haven’t gone to the bathroom in several hours, it is a good indication that you may be dehydrated. A good guideline is to drink six- eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Some adults may need more or less, depending on how active and healthy they are and what type of climate they live in. Some good tips for staying hydrated are:

  • Drink a glass after every time you use the bathroom
  • Sip before every meal
  • Keep a glass of water on your bedside table to drink first thing when you wake BEFORE coffee or tea
  • Invest in a reusable water bottle to sip from throughout the day

By depriving ourselves of water, we are continuously damaging our bodies. Listening and being in tune to your body’s signals will help you stay healthier and live happier.