by Emily Womack, Dietetic Intern
May flowers would not be able to grow without rain from the April showers and the heat of summer is only one month away! It will be very important that you are drinking enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day so you can enjoy the outdoor activities that come with the sun.
How much water do you need? The average person loses 2.5 L of fluid a day. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. The Institute of Medicine sets our needs at:
It also depends on how active you are in your day. You may need up to 1.5 L extra to stay hydrated.
What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration?
Benefits of staying hydrated:
Tips to stay hydrated:
So whether you are working, working out, or playing outside in the sun make sure you are staying hydrated with water and replenishing your electrolytes.
For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.