I know the Summer heat is winding down in some parts of the country but it's still blazing in TN! So while this post may be a little late to the Seasonal party--hydration is important at all times of the year! Oh, and remember these masks adorned across our mouths a lot of the time, welp they have the potential to be a bit of a barrier, literally and figuratively!
Hydration plays a key role in many of our body's essential functions including body temperature regulation, cell function, digestion, excreting toxins through urine & bowel movements, nutrient absorption, metabolism are many more!
Of course when we hear hydration--we immediately think about drinking water. But, a quick reminder that our food contains water as well. Food like our fruit & veg contain some of the highest amounts of water--so just ONE more reason to try and sneak some F&V in at every meal. Cumbers, tomatoes, celery, lettuce, watermelon, Zucchini strawberries, cantaloupe, and peaches contain some of the highest water contents
So how much water do we actually need? Well--per usual--this depends on many factors when trying to calculate individual needs. How much water content is in the foods you consume, how many other beverages you consume, your sweat rate and not to mention-- your height, weight, gender, age, activity level, medication regimen, medical conditions, etc., etc., etc. I assume you get the picture--so--you're gonna have to figure it out a bit and consult your doctor if you are on any daily medications or medical conditions!
Check out our slides for some tips on how to estimate YOUR fluid needs!
We will have a few follow-up posts on tips on how to add more fluids into your daily routine and the importance of electrolytes. In the meantime, let us know how you're hydrating in these hot summer months and/or with your mask on during the day!