Happy and Hydrated in the Summer!

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday emails are designed to provide you with simple tools, information, and resources to encourage positive and healthy lifestyle choices. As a proud recipient of The Healthy Arizona Worksite Award, The Be Kind People Project is committed to the health and wellness of its employees, friends, and family.

 

Hydration Matters

Our bodies are around 60 percent water, with our blood being 90 percent of our body’s total water. We lose water constantly throughout the day, even just by breathing – which means hydration is key in the summer!

Let’s watch our water intake to stay healthy (and safe) this summer.

The Wonders of Water

Whether we’re doing a heart-healthy workout or just sitting outside in the sun (make sure to wear sunscreen!), our bodies are losing fluids that need replenishing – especially in hot or humid climates. Thankfully, water does wonders for our body’s daily maintenance. Here are some ways that water keeps us healthy!

  • Lubricate your joints. The cartilage in our joints and spine are composed of 80 percent water, and staying hydrated can help improve our joints’ shock-absorbing ability and reduce joint pain.
  • Regulate body temperature. Sweat is our body’s natural cooling system! Water stored in our skin rises to the skin’s surface and then evaporates to cool our bodies down.
  • Regulate blood pressure and deliver oxygen. Staying hydrated helps keep blood thin enough to travel through the body and deliver more oxygen.
  • Help treat or prevent kidney stones. Our kidneys act as a natural filtration system by removing waste through urine. Staying hydrated helps increases the volume of urine, which also dilutes the buildup of minerals in the kidneys.

Quantity Questions

Water plays a vital role in our overall health and wellness, but how much water do we need to drink? It depends on several different factors, including:

  • Where you live: Hot, dry, humid climates or higher altitude areas will require more water to stay hydrated.
  • What you eat: Coffee and other caffeinated beverages might cause an increased loss of water through frequent urination. Eating spicy, salty, or sugary foods will also affect hydration levels.
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding: Individuals that are pregnant or breastfeeding need extra hydration to keep themselves, and their developing child, healthy.

A good rule to follow to track hydration levels is listening to the body – feeling thirsty is an indicator of dehydration. Another great indicator is by inspecting the color of our urine. Click here for a great resource to check out!

 

Water you eating?

Naturally, drinking water is the best way to maintain hydration levels, but another easy way to maintain hydration levels is by eating water-rich foods! Here are some great foods to start incorporating today:

  • Strawberries: 91% of strawberries’ weight comes from water and contributes to daily water intake. They can also prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain types of cancer.
  • Peaches: 89% of peaches’ weight comes from water. Peaches are also packed with B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Cottage Cheese: 80% water content. Also, a great source of protein and B vitamins, which can help with brain health, metabolism, and bone health.

Water Warriors

Regardless of whether you are spending most of your time inside, running a quick errand, or spending hours outside, do not let your hydration take a back seat this summer.

How do you like to stay hydrated throughout the summer season? Try scheduling reminders throughout the day to make sure you are maintaining healthy hydration levels!

Published on July 14th, 2021
By Krysta Flores, School Wellness Programs & Events Coordinator

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Send your ideas to Krysta Flores at krysta@bkpp.org.

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