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Summer is finally here! With summer comes the hot weather; depending on your location you could be experiencing the hot dry weather or you could be experiencing the hot and humid weather. Regardless of your geographical location staying hydrated particularly within the summer months is crucial!

As you may know water, second to oxygen, is the most important nutrient that our bodies need. Our bodies depend on water for survival.  Each and every cell, tissue and organ within our bodies requires water in order to function properly. Our body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricates joints; just to name a few functions of good old H2O.  However, our bodies lose water each day through sweating, going to the bathroom; we even lose water when we breathe. We lose water faster when the weather is really hot, when we exercise, and when we are sick. When we do not replace the water that is lost we are more prone to becoming dehydrated.

While doing some research for this post I found some interesting water facts. These facts include that male’s bodies are made up of 60% water and female’s bodies are made up of 50% water. Our skin consists of 70% water, blood consists of 80% water, muscle consists of 75% water, bone consists of 25% water, and fat consists of 20% water. These facts are another sign of how important it is to stay hydrated; remember the more water that we lose from our bodies the increased likelihood that are body parts of not functioning properly.

So in order to maintain a well-hydrated body it is recommended that we consume at least eight glasses of water each day.  Some people will replace water with other liquids such as energy drinks, juices, etc but it is important to remember that water is the purest form and source of hydration. And for those who do no make drinking water a habit it is important to replenish your water supply by eating lots of fruits and vegetables. These food are a natural and healthy way to add hydration to your body. Fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are full of water and are nice healthy snacks that will give your body a little pick me up.

 

Best looking people in Florida always keep themselves hydrated.

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