One of the easiest ways of regulating your body temperature, boosting athletic performance, and detoxing your body doesn't involve special exercises or supplements—all you have to do is drink more water. Most people tend to pay more attention to hydration during the hot summer months, but dehydration doesn't only happen in the heat waves of summer; it can happen anytime of the year to anyone at any age. Staying hydrated supports your alertness and helps control your appetite. Water is also important for healthy skin, hair, and nails; controlling your heart rate and blood pressure; and supporting healthy kidney function, which is why it's important to monitor your fluid intake throughout your lifetime.
Creative Ways to Get Your Fluids
Given that the human body is about 60% water, it's little wonder why hydration is so vital to everyday health. As a general rule, most physicians and nutritionists recommend drinking eight, 8-ounce glasses (or 1.9 liters) of water daily. The Institute of Medicine has stated that a more accurate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) while women should drink 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Athletes and people who spend a lot of time outdoors require more fluids because of water loss through sweating. There are plenty of ways to stay hydrated without relying solely on water. Juices and sports drinks can help you maintain your fluid levels whilst providing added nutrients and electrolytes. Fruits such as watermelons, oranges, grapefruit, and honeydew also have high water content. However, sports drinks and fruit juices also contain sugar, so take them in moderation. If there's ever any doubt about the sugar or caloric content of a beverage, nothing beats water as your purest method of hydration.
A Drink for All Occasions
While humidity and summer heat make it vital for staying hydrated, replenishing your body's fluids is important all year round. Whether you're sitting at a desk in the middle of winter or exercising in the fall, your daily hydration is vital to remaining healthy. Similar to how dieters keep food logs to track their calories, you can keep a water log by storing a marked container of water in the refrigerator to keep track of how much water you've consumed each day. Keeping hydrated, while seemingly the simplest of tasks, can be easily forgotten and the signs of dehydration are not often obvious. Whether you're young, elderly, moderately active, or a professional sportsperson, keeping your body properly hydrated is an important task in supporting daily health.
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