Written by: Anne-Marie Davee, MS, RDN, LD
People cannot live on bread alone- we need water too!
Water is a vital nutrient during the summer because it acts as the body’s coolant. It should be a top priority because it is needed for temperature control, digestion, bringing energy into the cells and waste products out.
Did you know that 40-60% of the body’s total weight is water?
Believe it or not, dehydration begins when fluid loss exceeds only 1% of your body weight. This is when you start to feel thirsty. Your body’s ability to be physically active becomes impaired when you’ve lost as little as 2-3% of your body weight. Dehydration becomes more rapid in hot weather, during long bouts of activity, and when you are sick. This is why it is important to drink water throughout the day to prevent yourself from getting thirsty.
How can you stay hydrated?
Cool, plain water is the best choice because it is absorbed fast and quickly fulfills the body’s needs. For those who like flavor and bubbles, club soda and seltzer water are absorbed rapidly like water, because they have no calories or carbohydrates.
Use these tips to stay hydrated anytime of year:
- Choose cool, plain water to stay hydrated. Strive to drink at least half your body weight in ounces each day.
- Try adding sliced cucumbers or wedges of lemon or lime to iced water for added flavor.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and soda because they force water out of the body.
- Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages also dehydrate the body.
Be a real sport this summer, don’t wait until you are thirsty and stay hydrated with water!