Hydration for health

The importance of drinking water contributes to our overall health.

Many times we only think of hydrating our bodies during the summer heat, but hydration is important at all times. Drinking water every day helps us stay alert and keeps our body systems working efficiently. Reasons for drinking enough fluids is to keep joints lubricated, assist in expelling waste materials, keeping our body temperature low and more. These are essential functions that each depend on us to take in enough fluids every day to help our bodies function properly. There are also sensitive tissues that need fluids, such as the spinal column.

When it comes to hydration the first thing that usually comes to our mind is “water” or “H2o.” It is important to hydrate by drinking water, but there are other ways to get small amounts of hydration. For example, soups are comprised of mostly water. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC) other hydrating foods include celery, tomatoes, oranges and melons.

A basic rule to follow is to simply drink when you are thirsty, however extra hydration is needed while during the hot summer sun and when doing physical activity. Keep a water bottle with you so you have easy access to liquids. It is best to drink water, but if you choose to drink other flavored surgery or caffeinated drinks, be aware of what comes with those drinks. Many times there are hidden calories or caffeine. Read more through the CDC’s Meeting Your Daily Fluid Needs.

If it is flavor you’re looking for Michigan State University Extension recommends adding fresh fruit to your water for added flavor. Just wash any of your favorite fruits, then slice and let it soak in your water for about a half hour and you will have a flavored drink. Drinking plenty of water is an easy way to add to your overall health.

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