By Grey Rogers
We all know that the body is mostly water, yet many of us are still dehydrated. Water is needed for many bodily functions like temperature regulation and moving oxygen and nutrients around the body. Thirst, headache, irritability, brain fog, and dizziness are possible signs that you’re not getting enough water. There is no tried and true formula to determine water needs, but the general recommendations are about 2 liters of water a day for women and about 3 liters of water a day for men. However, things like height, weight, temperature, humidity, activity level, health status, alcohol intake, caffeine intake, and hormones can greatly increase or decrease the amount of water you need in a day. Check out this hydration calculator to see how many liters of water you need*: https://www.camelbak.com/en/hydrated/hydration-calculator
Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated this summer:
- Keep water with you when you’re on the go
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
- Use electrolyte tablets, if necessary (I recommend these tablets: https://nuunlife.com/)
*Results are expressed in liters per hour.
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