July 23, 2014
Water plays a critical role in our daily lives and our bodies. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and every system depends on water. So water is important for healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Especially during the summer, you must stay fully hydrated throughout the day by drinking water and other fluids, as well as eating foods that are hydrating. Stay hydrated by eating fruits, vegetables, and even yogurt and smoothies. Besides guzzling water, milk is a top choice to refuel. Sodas, even diet ones, get a bad rap for lacking nutritional value, but they can still be hydrating. Juices and sports drinks are also hydrating — you can lower the sugar content by diluting them with water. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add lemon to it. Or test out your own concoction, like sparkling water with raspberries with a sprig of mint.