During these hot summer months in Florida, the heat and humidity can really take a toll on our bodies. It is more important now than ever to make hydration a priority. Being well-hydrated can reap many benefits for our body and it is the key to normal body function. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to keep your body hydrated.

Drink plenty of water. It may seem simple, but the number one key to proper hydration is to drink plenty of water. While sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade get much more attention, regular drinking water will do just fine. A common recommendation for a normal weight adult is to drink between six and eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Have a glass of water with each meal and have at least a small drink of water every hour. Eight glasses of water per day may seem like a lot, but if you monitor your water intake and make a conscious effort, it is easily achievable.

During exercise, your body loses much more fluids than during more sedentary everyday activities. Your body sweats out much of your excess fluid and your body uses more fluids as well. During moderate to intense exercise, drink a small glass of water every 15 to 20 minutes. It is also recommended you complement water with sports drinks because they contain electrolytes and minerals which are often lost during exercise. Also, drinking fluids after exercise is also beneficial because it replenishes your body and helps your body recover more quickly. 

Along with drinking sufficient water, it is important to eat the right foods. Because about 35% of our water intake comes in the form of food, it is important to keep an eye on our diet. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain the most water, and they are an important complement to drinking fluids.

Maintaining a proper level of hydration is crucial to the health of our bodies and these simple steps will ensure they are properly nourished. Drink plenty of water, especially during exercise, and keep an eye on your diet to keep your body in tip-top shape this summer.


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