Summer is here and that means so is the heat. Now is an important time to make sure you are getting enough water to avoid dehydration and exhaustion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some tips to increase your water intake.
- Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
- Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
- Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. For example, during the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
- Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.
For information on this topic, visit DrinkTap's Water and Your Health webpage.