As the summer season hits full stride, it’s important that we make sure we’re always adjusting our routines to ensure that we’re at our peak. Hydrating our bodies is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. Our bodies are primarily composed of water (up to 60% of the human adult body is water) and therefore hydration is essential for optimal health. When it comes to our health and wellness, ensuring that we have a good routine for staying hydrated will not only help the body, but will help our mind focus and stay sharp.
Dehydration, on the other hand, can impact cognitive function and reduce one’s ability to focus and pay attention. Often, especially in the summer months or warmer climates, if we don’t hydrate enough, we feel the pain of dehydration in the form of muscle aches and headaches. An ideal routine is to aim for half your body weight in ounces per day for optimal hydration. Example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you would want to drink 75 ounces of fluids daily.
Making a point to focus on hydration daily comes with a long list of benefits that include higher energy levels, improved gut function and less bloating, weight loss and reduced inflammation. Electrolytes like sodium, magnesium and potassium can help rehydrate individuals who have a more strenuous routine. Ask your Hoag provider about our nutritionist plans.