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How to stay hydrated over the summer

Staying hydrated during the warm summer months is an important part of enjoying the season. Whether your plans include more walks, workout outside or bicycle rides, soaking up the sun, or taking that long-awaited vacation, make sure you drink enough water to stay hydrated. This is necessary as it will keep your body — and mind — functioning at its best. So, how do you know if you’re drinking enough water? Water is critical to overall health. Every cell, tissue and organ in the human body relies on it to function properly. Water makes up about 50 to 70 percent of body weight. So, how can losing just a fraction of water negatively affect your body and mind? It’s all about dehydration; when your body doesn’t have enough water to perform normal functions. For the average healthy adult, the general recommendation for water intake is eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day — that's 64 ounces a day. Everyone’s needs vary, however, depending on their activity level and even the climate in which they live. So, how much water do you actually need to drink in order to stay hydrated? For men, about 13 cups of total beverages, including water (100 ounces), for women, about 9 cups of total beverages, including water (74 ounces). Water isn’t the only thing that contributes to overall hydration. Foods with high water content and other beverages count, too. Proper hydration helps regulate body temperature, support brain function and mood, and keep our joins lubrificated and our digestion smooth. Stay safe and hydrated in this summer and go have fun!

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