Hot weather is almost here! It's so important we keep ourselves and our children Hydrated! It's often difficult to make sure we are getting enough water and most tend to believe that that the sugary drinks are good for us, giving us they hydration we need. With our growing epidemic of 1 out 3 children being obese, let's focus on keeping Hydrated without the extra sugar! Try the Hydrate Popsicle! It's a FUN way to get Hydrated without the sugar!
I used to reference the RDA measures for water intake and discuss 3.2L for men and 2.9L for women to my clients. I would mention that some hydration comes from your food (like the 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables you should be eating everyday) and some from the liquids you drink (straight water and other beverages). Empathetically, I might quote a company that manufactures high tech body composition testing equipment who use total body water readings and admit to using a suboptimal average in their calculations because virtually everyone is dehydrated to a degree.
Hydrate—Hydrate—Hydrate!! As we say goodbye to the cold weather (I hope I didn’t jinx anything by saying that) and hello to the hot, sunny days more and more people will be taking their activities and workouts outside. While hydration is always important, it becomes especially important in the warm weather.
As a MELT instructor, I talk about hydration a lot. Water is what keeps the connective tissue happy and in good shape. I suggest to everybody to drink a glass of water after a class, and, from all I can see, everybody trots dutifully to the water fountain to get their fill. With the latest cold spell, I noticed a change. Water bottles are not as common. To be honest, after a long walk with my dog, I feel more like a hot cup of tea than a glass of water.
Water is an essential part of your diet! We can survive weeks without food, but only a few days without water. The body has no way of storing water, so it needs to be constantly replenished from lost through sweat and urination. A minimum of 8 glasses of water daily is suggested and more when it is hot or an individual is engaged in sports or exercise. If you are already thirsty, chances are you may already be dehydrated.