As summer quickly approaches, we are all excited to spend some time outdoors! With the additional heat and activity, I am reminded of how important water is to our bodies. If you divide your weight in half, that is equal to the ounces per day of water that you will need to consume…. And add a little more if you exercise.
All other beverages (i.e. coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks, carbonated waters, etc.) are dehydrating to the body because they contain varying levels of caffeine. And, no, any beverage that require you to add a packet of flavor or are bright colored already (i.e. Gatorade) does NOT count – its pure sugar and harms the body!
To calculate your level of hydration: subtract the ounces of “other” beverages you drink per day from the amount of water you drink per day. If you find that these numbers don’t add up – cut out your “other” beverages or increase your water intake to allow for the dehydration that’s occurring!