Now that the temperature outside has risen, your focus should be on hydrating yourself. But how much is enough? You can start with the minimum of eight glasses of water per day. Another way to gauge how much fluid to consume is to take your body weight and divide by two. This is how many ounces of water you should drink in a day. You should always listen to your bodies first. So if you are thirsty, drink!
To best hydrate yourself, drink water! It’s the best drink choice; it has the least amount of calories and it’s the cheapest! Caffeinated drinks and pop tend to dehydrate you, which leads to fluid retention.
The best advice? Cut out all sugary drinks and replace with pure water. But if you are in the mood for something a little sweeter, try one of these low sugar drinks:
• Crystal Light
• Sobe Life Water
• Vitamin Water Zero
• Sugar-free teas (Diet Lipton)
• Unsweetened tea
• Water with slices of lemon, strawberries, cucumbers, or oranges
• G2 (Gatorade’s lower sugar counterpart)
For nutrition or exercise questions, contact
Kelly Devine, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CPT
Shannon Center Nutritionist
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* Not all products and advice are intended for each and every individual. It is recommended that individuals seek advice from their physician before starting on any diet or exercise routine.