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Stay hydrated – stay healthy

by Megan Sherman, Health and Wellness Educator

Getting enough water every day is important for your health, but especially during the hot summer months. It is no surprise that with the warmer temperatures, you’ve probably been spending more time outside. Whether you are exercising, doing yard work or socializing at a distance with family and friends, you are most likely sweating more, too. Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, lubricate joints and protect spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.

So how do you know you are getting enough water throughout the day? These are just a few signs that your body may not be getting the proper amount of water to function properly.

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine is darker yellow or amber color.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Thirst.
  • Headache.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.

While plain water is the best for staying hydrated, other drinks and foods can also help prevent dehydration. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Fruits and vegetables are also water-rich foods that can contribute to your hydration level. If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help: