Needless to say, staying hydrated is important… especially during these hot summer days. Every cell, tissue, muscle & organ in your body depends on hydration in order to function properly. Water regulates body temperatures, transports nutrients, lubricates the joints, & flushes out toxins & wastes. So, how much water should we be drinking in order to stay hydrated? &, what do I need to be doing to stay hydrated?

In order to stay properly hydrated, aim to drink half your body weight in ounces daily. When you’re dehydrated, toxins are reabsorbed by the body, stressing your liver & eventually weakening your immune system.

 

Carry a water bottle with you everywhere.

Avoid plastic ones that contain potentially harmful BPA. What is BPA? BPA is an industrial chemical that may find its way into people’s food. It has a similar structure as the hormone estrogen. It may bind to estrogen receptors & affect the function of your body. In a nutshell: bad news.

 

Invest in a water filter.

Tap water is dirtier than it looks, Burst family. It’s traveled through miles of pipeline, picking up contaminants, pesticides & industrial run-off along the way. It’s been disinfected with potential carcinogens like chlorine, ammonia &/or chloramines, then “fortified” with fluoride. While disinfection is a necessary evil — without it, water-borne illnesses would be a constant problem — drinking, showering & bathing every day with this chemical brew is a lousy idea. Water filtration is a simple, no-brainer way to support your health by preventing toxic chemicals & carcinogens from entering your body. TIP: check out The Environmental Working Group’s helpful Water Filter Buying Guide to learn more about the options that will work best for your specific needs.

 

Add fruits to your diet.

They’re in season, portable & packed with vitamins & fluids to keep you hydrated. Fruits like watermelon & strawberries are composed of over 90 percent water. Other hydrating fruits include grapefruit, cantaloupe & peaches. ADDED BONUS: they’re a much healthier fix for that sweet tooth of yours!

 

Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol, sugary drinks & salty foods.

Coffee, tea, alcohol & energy drinks are diuretics that increase urine flow & flush water from the body, eventually leading to dehydration. Drinks with a high sugar content can lead to water loss by creating an acidic environment that can impair enzyme function & decrease your body’s water storage capacity. Salty foods can lead to a loss of fluids because extra water is needed to get rid of all of the extra sodium. Remember: most processed & packaged foods are especially high in sodium.

 

Add in electrolytes.

Electrolytes play an important role in hydration because they contribute to fluid regulation, muscle contraction & nerve function in the body. But, we’re not talking Gatorade here… next time you reach for one, check out the sugar content these sports drinks are packing, & the high sodium content & the lack of potassium. Wowser! Then, place it back in the fridge & move on to a healthier option. How does one get electrolytes naturally? High potassium fruits include bananas, dates, raisins, coconut & avocados. Vegetable sources include spinach, beans, lentils & potatoes.