The Importance of Hydration

Hydration is the key to making our bodies function properly. It aids in digestion, lubricates the joints and even helps our brains work better! Staying hydrated is so important, especially now that the weather is getting warmer.

I am also told that, as we get older, we lose the sense of being dehydrated, our bodies stop producing the signal to our brains that we are dehydrated or even thirsty sometimes. The key is to stay ahead of it. To drink water before we are thirsty. A good trick is to drink a glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning. The lemon aids in digestion and improves skin quality. Bonus!

The Mayo clinic recommends “about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.”

This can also be supplemented by a hydration beverage such as Gatorade or Vitamin Water. The hydration beverage I choose is Vega Sport Hydrator. It contains electrolytes and natural flavors, and is sweetened with Stevia. It comes in lemon-lime and berry and tastes great.

Eating water-filled food such as celery and cucumber is also beneficial. Snacking on these foods throughout the day is a great way to stay ahead of the hydration game. A big salad is also a great way to fill up and help keep the body hydrated.

It is important to remember too, that we need to compensate for any alcohol or caffeine we consume. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, so it is best to add an extra glass of water for every glass of wine or cup of coffee we choose to imbibe in.

Try a hydration cocktail! Mix your favorite hydration beverage with some sparking water. Add a little stevia, if you want it sweeter. Throw in a couple of ice cubes and enjoy!

Use these tips to stay hydrated, even in the warmest of weather. Your body will thank you for it!

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