The Most Essential Nutrient: Water

Water helps your body: waterglass

  • Maintain a normal temperature and blood circulation
  • Lubricate and cushion your joints
  • Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells and remove waste
  • Prevent constipation
  • Dissolve nutrients and minerals to make them accessible to the body

 

Hydration Tips

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  • Carry a water bottle for easy access
  • For short duration (less than 60 minutes low to moderate intensity activity, drink water before, during, and after exercise
  • If extreme heat or more than one hour, supplement water with a sports drink containing electrolytes and 6-8% carbohydrates
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat at least 5 cups fruits and vegetables per day; all contain water and potassium
  • Consider replacing fluid and sodium with vegetable juices or soup
  • Jazz up your water with a wedge of lemon or lime
  • Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out to save money and calories

 

 

stayhydrated

 

 

 

http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/water.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/03/stay-hydrated-summer-tips-heat_n_3696810.html

 

 

© Janet Franklin RD for Levity Fitness