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Let’s talk hydration

Drinking water has many benefits:

  • It helps keep you cool and regulates your body’s temperature.
  • It removes waste products from your body.
  • It protects your spinal cord.
  • It cushions your joints.

How much?

You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s easy to remember. And it’s a reasonable goal.

Fewer than 8 glasses might be fine for some people. And some will need to drink more. How much you need depends on your situation. You’ll need to drink more when you’re physically active. Or if you live in a hot climate and need to replace water you’re losing through sweat.

Easy ways to get more water

  1. Take a water bottle with you when you’re away from home. You can freeze one to have ice-cold water on the go.
  2. Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened drinks. Drinking water instead of one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened drink can save you 240 calories.
  3. Order water when you’re eating out. Try adding a slice of lemon or lime for a burst of flavor.
  4. Eat some fruit. They’re full of water.¹

Watermelon – up to 91%
Strawberries – up to 91%
Grapefruit – up to 91%
Cantaloupe – up to 90%
Pineapple – up to 86%

1Whitbread, D. July 28, 2021. 17 Fruits Highest in Water. My Food Data. Accessed March 30, 2022.

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