Did you know that the adult body is comprised of about 60% water? Proper hydration is essential for our overall good health. The water we drink optimizes blood pressure, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, moves waste out of the body, aids in digestion. Not drinking enough water is a major risk for dehydration, especially during the hot summer months. If you find yourself struggling to drink enough water throughout the day, follow these tips!
Ideas for Happy Hydrating
Make sure you drink enough.
Recommendations vary depending on weight, age, and activity level, but an easy one to remember 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. Alternate your beverages including coffee, soda, and tea with a glass of water to ensure you are getting enough hydration.
Invest in a reusable water bottle.
Skip the plastic bottles which harm the environment and buy a refillable water bottle. By keeping the water bottle nearby, you’ll be much more likely to sip throughout the day. Reusable water bottles are available in big box stores, supermarkets and coffee shops for low prices, which will quickly offset the price of constantly buying plastic water bottles.
Drink before you eat.
Before reaching for that “must-have snack,” drink some water! By hydrating before eating, your hunger “pains” just might disappear. Thirst can often appear as hunger, causing you to reach for a snack instead of a glass of water. If you begin to feel hungry, grab some water before deciding on a healthy snack like fresh fruit or a granola bar.
Infuse with flavor.
Whether you prefer limes, lemons, oranges, berries, or cucumber, infusing your water with fresh fruit can make for a refreshing and spa-like beverage. The good news is that only 70-80% of your daily hydrating needs to come from water. All whole fresh fruits and vegetables contain some amount of water, but munch on these top picks for maximum benefit.
- 97% water: Cucumbers
- 96% water: Celery
- 95% water: Tomatoes, radishes
- 93% water: Red, yellow, green bell peppers
- 92% water: Cauliflower, watermelon
- 91% water: Spinach, strawberries, and broccoli
- 90% water: Grapefruit
AFC Urgent Care Norwalk
Please keep safe and hydrated this summer, especially when the heat and humidity rises. AFC Urgent Care in Norwalk is open 7 days a week with extended hours for most summer health needs. To find out more about our services, please call 203-854-9100.