Throughout the summer we are constantly reminded to stay hydrated by drinking water. However, staying hydrated isn’t only important when temperature rises; it is important all year round. Our bodies are comprised mostly of water and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our body are crucial to our systems functions such as removing of waste, controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
How much water do you really need daily? Is it eight glasses a day like we have been told over the years or something else? Water needs are actually individual and can vary according to your body weight, activity level, health status, temperature outside, etc. One rule of thumb is 1cc per 30 kcal of calories consumed.
An excellent on-line tool I recently found is from About.com, the Water Calculator http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm
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