Every system in your body depends on water — so it’s no surprise that dehydration can have a significant impact on our physical and mental performance and overall health. Even mild dehydration may reduce our energy levels and cognitive function and have a negative impact on our mood.
How much water we need varies depending on a number of factors, from age and body size to whether you work in the hot sun, or if you live in a dry or humid climate. The easiest way to know if you are getting enough water is to ask yourself – are you thirsty? If you are thirsty, you may already be dehydrated.
Here are some tips for staying hydrated throughout the summer and all year long:
- Consider keeping a reusable water bottle with you and drink from it throughout the day.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity
- Drink a glass of water when you wake in the morning and before each meal.
- Food also helps you hydrate. Enjoy water-rich foods such as watermelon, cucumber, celery, lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries.
For more information on this important topic and tips to help you stay hydrated, click on the resources below, provided by our partners at Optum.