Bottoms Up! H2O - The Ultimate Hydrator

As temperatures heat up it is even more important to stay hydrated. Water is foundational to our overall well-being. Drinking enough water each day is important for many reasons: Water regulates body temperature, lubricates bones and joints, delivers nutrients to cells, flushes out toxins, cushions and protects organs, as well as other functions. Being well-hydrated also improves energy, sleep and mood.

Often times the question asked is, "How much water should I drink?" There is no exact science but drinking half your weight in ounces is a good baseline. This number increases if you are sweating a lot or drink any caffeinated beverages which act as diuretics (increasing urine production). For every ounce of diuretics you drink, you need to drink an additional 1.5 ounces of pure water on top of your regular water intake. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs you should drink 60 ounces of water each day. If you start your day with a 12 oz cup of coffee you need to add 18 additional oz (12x1.5=18) to your 60 oz base to make up for the coffee. This makes your daily water intake 78 ounces.

Eating hydrating foods is also a great way to boost whole body hydration. Plus, many are full of nutrients that are necessary to shuttle water into your cells. Take a look at some

of my favorite hydrating foods that are in season in the summer time during the hotter months (nature at it again):