Stay Hydrated with Water
Water is essential to life. Getting enough water every day is important for your health and is the best way to quench your thirst.
Why do I need water?
Our bodies lose water by sweating, breathing and getting rid of waste. If you lose more fluid than you take in, you get dehydrated. Young children and seniors are at higher risk of becoming dehydrated. They need to drink fluids throughout the day.
Water is a healthy, calorie-free way of staying hydrated. It helps your body work in a number of ways:
- maintains your body temperature,
- helps break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients,
- helps get rid of waste,
- acts as a cushion between cells, muscles, and joints,
- keeps your bowels “regular”.
How can I stay hydrated?
How much water you need every day depends on your age, gender and activity level. Hot and humid weather can also increase your needs.
Drinking water regularly will help you stay hydrated. You should drink more water in warm weather and when you are physically active.
Make water your beverage of choice! Choose it instead of beverages that are high in calories, sugar and fat. Low fat milk and unsweetened fortified soy beverages are also healthy options for staying hydrated.
Did you know?
Vegetables and fruit contain lots of water. When you play sports, these healthy snacks will keep you hydrated on and off the field! Choose watermelon or orange slices instead of sports drinks for delicious and nutritious half-time refreshment.
How can I remember to drink more water?
- Drink water with your meals. Keep a pitcher of water on the table for easy access.
- Freeze water in freezer- safe water bottles. Take a bottle with you for cold water on the go.
- Carry a water bottle with you at work, at school or when running errands.
- Eating out? Say yes when offered water or ask for water to drink with your meal. You will save money and reduce calories.
- For variety, add lemon, lime, orange or cucumber slices to your water.
Source: Health Canada