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Stay Hydrated this Summer

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The temperatures are heating up in Idaho so it is time to make sure we are drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated. The dry heat can be deceptive because we do not sweat and dehydration can come on unexpectedly. Keep these statistics and ideas in mind during the hot months.

  • Being 20% dehydrated can make your exercise effort seem 50% more difficult.

  • Thirst is not the greatest indicator of hydration. Use the color of your urine to determine your needs. It should be light yellow by lunchtime.

  • Chugging beverages decreases the absorption and increases flushing. Sipping small amounts - like 4 ounces - is best for rehydration.

  • Humans can live for weeks without food but only 2 or 3 days without water.

  • An adult's body is 60-70% water. The more muscle mass you have, the more body water you hold. Muscle cells are 75% water; fat cells are 15% water.

  • Many people have low-grade headaches on a daily basis due to dehydration.

  • Water helps flush toxins, maintains body temperature, regulates digestion and improves energy.

  • A 1998 study showed that 75% of Americans show signs of chronic dehydration.

  • Mild dehydration can slow your metabolism by 3%.

Start tracking your non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages and see where you can improve your hydration status. I recommend carrying a water bottle with you at all times to make sipping throughout your day that much easier.

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