Health & Wellness
KICKING OFF GOOD HYDRATION AT THE START OF SUMMER!
National Safety Month is in June, 2020 and is an excellent time to review our safety practices and ensure we are on track with all of our safety-related goals. One of our primary safety goals in June — because it is the first month of summer — is to ensure we start practicing diligent hydration health in earnest, before the scorching stretches of the season begin.
Additionally, National Hydration Day is June 23rd — the following tips can help you prepare and ensure you are on the path to better hydration health by that date:
THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION
1. Make sure to drink enough. According to the National Academy of Medicine, women should get about 91 ounces of fluids each day; men, about 125 ounces. Since about one fifth of that typically comes from
food, aim for 9 to 12 cups of fluids.
2. Stick with H2O. Yes, juices, milk, and herbal teas can all help hydrate your body—however, water is what your body is really craving, so go straight to the source (it’s also free of cost and calories!).
3. Make a water schedule. If it feels impossible to guzzle down your target quantity of ounces in a single day, come up with a hydrating schedule. Drinking a predetermined number of ounces throughout the day
(such as at meals, and before, during, and after a workout) can also keep you on track.
4. Eat your way to hydration. The good news is that only 70-80% of your daily hydration needs to come from water; 20-30% should actually come from food! All whole fruits and vegetables contain some amount
of water to help the cause.
5. Add a spritz of flavor. If you can’t really stomach ‘plain old’ water, for a more natural option, add a squirt of lime or lemon to naturally freshen your water. Or try mint, watermelon, or a slice of cucumber to give
your water a refreshing flavor.
6. Replace electrolytes when needed. Electrolytes, which include nutrients like sodium and potassium, are lost in sweat. Electrolytes are essential for vital reactions in the body. It’s important to replace electrolytes when they are depleted; most electrolytes can be replenished simply with regular, healthy meals, but you may also want to consider a sports drink when out all day (particularly if it’s a warm day).