Summer is here and in Cloverdale we know that means heat! Staying hydrated is important year-round, and on these hot summer days your risk for dehydration rises. Water has many essential functions throughout our body such as temperature regulation, muscle function, delivery of nutrients, lubricates joints, and moistens tissues. Nearly every major system in your body depends on water!

Most people know the signs of dehydration: thirst, dry mouth, headaches, dark colored urine, fatigue, dizziness, etc. To prevent dehydration, make sure you are drinking water throughout the day. How much water depends on many factors including age, gender, activity level, environment, and health. According to the National Institute of Medicine, the adequate intake for water is set at 15.5 cups per day for men and 11.5 cups per day for women.

Carry a reusable water bottle with you during the day, have an extra glass of water with meals, and set a reminder on your phone. Make a pitcher of “spa water”! Add any combination of these to your water: lemon, lime, orange, watermelon, cucumber, berries, peach, basil, mint, tarragon, rosemary, or thyme. Enjoy!