Proper hydration isn’t a summertime-only conversation; it’s a year-round commitment because consuming enough fluids is vital for maintaining every function of our bodies — from our brain to our muscles and organs, including our skin and heart. In fact, water makes up roughly 60% of our bodyweight. The good news is there are more ways to stay hydrated than drinking the standard recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Here, 10 tips to ensure proper hydration becomes nothing short of a way of life:
1. THIRST ISN’T THE ONLY SIGN OF DEHYDRATION
2. HUNGER IS A COMMON SIGN OF DEHYDRATION
3. STAYING HYDRATED IS IMPORTANT ON MANY LEVELS
4. WATER ISN’T THE ONLY THIRST QUENCHER
5. FOOD CONTAINS WATER, TOO
6. GOOD PERFORMANCE REQUIRES HYDRATION
7. SOMETIMES WATER ISN’T ENOUGH
8. STAYING HYDRATED AIDS WEIGHT LOSS
9. TRY TRACKING YOUR HYDRATION
10. BEWARE OF DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER
Determine your ideal hydration needs — The Institute of Medicine recommends a total fluid intake of 91 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men — then see how many days over the next 30-day period you can hit your target. Did you have fewer cravings? Were you more alert? Were your workouts better? Share your observations in the comments below. We want to hear from you!