Staying hydrated in the summer months
The body loses water from breathing, digestion and especially sweating. Our bodies cells, organs, and tissues need water to help them function properly. Therefore keeping hydrated is especially important during the summer heat. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors from the climate you live in to how physically active you are.
So how much do you need? Health professionals recommend 3L (12 cups) for men over 19 years and 2.2 L (9 cups) for women over 19 years each day. Fluids can include water and other beverages such as milk, juice, coffee, tea and soups. However, water is recommended as the #1 beverage of choice and its calorie-free!
Here’s how you can amp up your water to make it taste great:
- Try fruit-infused waters. Add slices of fresh fruit such as lemon, oranges, or make a berry blend with strawberries and blueberries.
- Go for a veggie twist with slices of cucumbers or sweet peppers and ice.
- You can even add a few sprigs of fresh mint or cinnamon for additional flavour too.
- Experiment with various fruits and vegetables to create your own unique taste.
Don’t forget to bring along with you a reusable bottle or water bottle so you always have water on-hand.
Alyssa Rolnick is the Co-Founder of Zax’s Original Creams, Registered Dietitian and Mother of 3 active kids.