by Sara Waldron on July 4, 2017

Why is hydration important?

Hydration picHydration is critical to the body’s ability to control temperature. When your body is hydrated, the heart can easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. As a result, your muscles can work more efficiently. When the temperature is rising this summer, remember to drink enough water and stay hydrated. This is important whether you’re being active or just sitting in the sun. Dehydration is a serious problem that can lead to headaches, swollen feet, or heat stroke.

How much water should you drink?

What does being well hydrated mean? The amount of water needed will depend on specific conditions like climate, exercise intensity and duration, and types of clothing worn. Water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Many of the sport drinks with electrolytes tend to be high in added sugars and calories although they can be great for people doing high intensity exercise. There are many foods that are a good source of water, such as fruits and vegetables with a high percentage of water. Sorry to all you coffee lovers but caffeine drinks act as a diuretic and cause you to lose more fluids.

Hydration pic 1

Click on this link for a hydration calculator to find out how much fluid you should be drinking: https://www.camelbak.com/en/hydrated/hydration-calculator


Here is a list of foods that will help you to stay hydrated this summer:

  1. Cucumbers
  2. Iceberg lettuce
  3. Celery
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Strawberries
  6. Broccoli
  7. Green peppers
  8. Cauliflower
  9. WatermelonHydration pic 2
  10. Spinach


Try to add some of those food into your diet this summer to stay hydrated. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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