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Heat & Hydration

Updated: Sep 4, 2018

Up to 60% of your body is composed of water, so it goes without saying that it's important to drink water in order to stay healthy!

As the summer season continues to cause rising temperatures, it becomes more necessary to increase our daily water intake. Our bodies sweat in order to maintain a comfortable temperature, but as we do so we lose electrolytes and water which are necessary for our bodies to function properly.

This is why it is so important to stay hydrated; a dehydrated person is likely to start having symptoms of heat illness. NIOSH recommends that for moderate activity in moderate conditions, an individual should drink 1 cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes.

Here are a few quick tips to trick yourself into drinking more water:

1. Add flavor to your pitcher.

It's easy to avoid water when there are much more tasty (and less healthy) drinks out there. Try incorporating some flavor to your H2O by adding fresh fruit!

2. Drink a glass after every bathroom break.

Make drinking water a habit. Try linking water with some of your common daily activities. Whenever you go for a bathroom break, grab a glass of water. Or every time you pass the water cooler or fridge, fill a cup.

3. Use a marked water bottle.

Use a water bottle with marked ounces or hours to keep track of your intake and reach your goals! This way, you have a much clearer idea of how much you drink on average and how much you need to step up your game.

4. Play a drinking game.

Drinking water doesn't have to be a monotonous activity you have to force yourself to do. Ramp up the fun by making it a game! Did your coworker just make a horrible pun? Take a swig of water! Did you forget to send an email? Grab that water glass and drink away!

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