Hydration is key!

Hydration is key!

We all know that importance of hydration and how Drinking enough water every day is important for overall health. But did you know that even a 1-2% water loss in the body can affect our mood, energy levels and cognitive function? There are a few recommendations that circulate, one being 8 cups of water a day and another being half of your weight in ounces. Your needs may vary based on your height, weight, activity level and any medical conditions so always check with your doctor if you are concerned or need more guidance on how much water to drink per day, but a good rule of thumb to make sure you are hydrated enough is to check your urine! We want our urine to be pale yellow this means we are most likely adequately hydrated. Dark yellow or amber colored urine means you likely need to drink more water.

Ways to take action to make sure we are adequately hydrated:

  • Try to Keep a water bottle on you at all times.
  • Start your day with a glass of water.
  • And Drink a glass of water before and after exercise and remember that sparkling water and unsweetened iced teas or infused waters count towards you water intake.

Remember hydration is key! If you are looking for way to help your body stay hydrated I recommend trying FITTEAM HYDRATE. FITTEAM HYDRATE is an all-natural delicious way to restore your balance and feel your best by replenishing your body through optimal hydration. Conveniently packaged in individual stick packs, FITTEAM HYDRATE is designed for everyone in the family to enjoy at home or on the go. To learn more about hydrate click here. 


Maryann Walsh, MFN, RD, CDE
Registered Dietitian/ Nutrition Communications Specialist


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