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STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER!

Evelyn posted on June 30, 2014, 21:00
STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER!
Water is one of the body's most important nutrients. People couldn't live more than a week without water!

Water helps maintain body temperature constant at about 98.6 degrees, and it carries oxygen and nutrients to all cells! Water also helps maintain a healthy weight because it’s caffeine free, sugar free, and calorie free!

Water is the most abundant substance in the body: it makes up to 75 percent of body weight. The Institute of Medicine recommends a total daily beverage intake of at least 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women. When you're exposed to extreme temperatures your body uses more water to maintain a normal temperature so you need to increase your fluid intake during the summer. Before, during and after any physical activity, you need to drink plenty of water, especially in hot weather!

Know the signs of dehydration.

Early signs are:

  • Thirst
  • Flushed skin
  • Fatigue
  • Increased body temperature
  • Faster breathing and pulse rate
  • Decreased exercise ability

Later signs include:

  • Dizziness
  • Increased weakness
  • Labored breathing with exercise

Also, keep in mind that the recommended daily amount of water intake can come from a variety of sources. Fruits and vegetables have a much higher water content than other solid foods. Their high water content helps keep the calorie level of fruits and vegetables low while their nutrient level remains high. Another reason to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables!

Five Water- Rich Foods

While nothing beats a glass of water, foods can also supply some of your daily water needs. Enjoy some of these water-rich choices to stay hydrated this summer!

  • Crisp Lettuce

    Source of potassium, folate, antioxidants and smaller amounts of vitamins C and K.

    STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER!
  • Watermelon

    source of vitamins A and C and contains lycopene, fiber and potassium.

    STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER!
  • Grapefruit

    Good source of phytonutrients and vitamin C. Pink and red varieties also provide vitamin A and lycopene.

    STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER!
  • Broccoli

    Includes vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron and beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body).

    STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER!
  • Low-Fat Milk and Yogurt

    Low-fat dairy can add protein, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A.

    STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER!
Have a healthy and fun summer!

Source:

www.eatright.org

Dietary Guidlines for Americans, 2010

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November 4, 2016, 07:53
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