Did you know that our bodies are made up of at least 60% water? And that water is involved in nearly all bodily functions from digestion to circulation? It is therefore crucially important that we are properly hydrated at all times, and this becomes especially important in the hot summer months when we are losing water quickly through perspiration and heavier breathing.
Although water needs vary person to person depending on activity level, propensity to perspire, and diet, we should all be consuming at least 2 litres of water daily. You can include herbals teas and soups in your 2 litres, but not caffeinated beverages. In fact, because these drinks act as diuretics, you should drink an extra cup of water for every caffeinated drink including coffee, tea and sodas, as well as for every glass of alcohol.
But the amount of water you consume is not the only important factor to consider, we also need to ensure we’re consuming the proper amounts of the minerals needed by our body to maintain proper hydration. Magnesium, calcium, chloride, sodium and potassium are extremely important electrolytes key to proper hydration. Eating a whole foods diet will help you meet you daily requirements of these minerals. You can also add a small pinch of pink Himalayan salt to your water with a squeeze of lemon while you’re out in the hot summer sun for some added electrolytes. Also try adding lime, mint, cucumber or watermelon to your water to keep things interesting.
From healthier skin, to better digestion and more energy, to clearer and more focused thinking, the reason to fill up a glass are plentiful. So fill ‘er up and why not pour a fresh bowl for your furry friends as well? Get quenched today!
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